Independent Living After a Stroke

Independent Living After a Stroke

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Living through a stroke is very good news. However, there is a road to recovery after being discharged from the hospital. The physical effects of a stroke might be limb immobility, problems with swallowing, and fatigue. The Canadian Stroke Network™ explains that the time it takes to recover from a stroke depends on the size and location of the stroke, as well as pre-existing conditions and how quickly care was received.

A physiotherapist will assist the recovering person with learning how to:

  • Transfer or move safely from a bed to a chair
  • Regain the ability to walk
  • Use a wheelchair, if needed
  • Training for using any new devices, such as a walker or cane

When engaging a physical therapist to assist with stroke recovery, be sure to ask about their experience helping people affected by a stroke. Experts advise people to be prepared to discuss their symptoms—and what makes them worse or better—in detail during their first appointment with the physiotherapist.

In addition to working directly with a physical therapist, the person recovering will need to practice the therapists’ prescribed exercises or movements daily, some with the assistance of a caregiver. The return to an independent life after a stroke is achieved—quite literally, according to some survivors who share their stories on the American Stroke Association website—one step at a time.

Reach out to Homewatch CareGivers® for more information about our tips on independent living after a stroke.