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Recovering from a stroke

Rehabilitation is the process of overcoming or learning to cope with any damage the stroke has caused.

This begins in hospital and will continue when you leave hospital, depending on your level of recovery. The nature of your rehabilitation will vary according to your needs. Your needs will be assessed to identify which treatments and therapies are needed to help your recovery. The aim of rehabilitation is to enable you to become as independent and confident as possible in your everyday life. This is achieved by:

  • adapting to some of the changes caused by your stroke
  • relearning skills and abilities
  • learning new skills
  • finding social, emotional and practical support to continue when you leave hospital

What can my family and I do?

The support and encouragement of your family and friends is very valuable, but it is vital for you to do as much as possible for yourself, rather than let others doing things for you.

Tiredness following stroke can have an impact on your independence and can vary from mild to severe.

In the early weeks and months after a stroke the rehabilitation process takes up a lot of energy so it is very common for you to be tired.

It is important for you to continue to follow the instructions you receive in hospital when you go home. This will help you to manage your tiredness alongside your rehabilitation from your stroke.

Your family may also want to help you with washing and dressing or at meal times. If they do, please ask them to speak to a member of your team for advice about the best way to help.

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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