Living with stroke

Living with stroke

A stroke can be a sudden, life-changing event for the person it happens to and those around them. Whilst the consequences can be devastating, people do recover and learn to live with the loss of some functioning where this has occurred.

Your best chance of recovering from a stroke is getting medical help early, being patient as functions return, accessing a good rehabilitation programme and keeping motivated, even if progress seems slow.

Our Stroke Information section has more about strokes, and we also have many printed resources available to help you live with stroke, such as our leaflet for family, whanau and friends, and our handbook Life After Stroke.

Our Services in the community pages will provide you with many sources of help and information useful for many aspects of living after a stroke.

We encourage those affected by stroke to contact our regional staff and ask to talk with a Community Stroke Advisor. This is a free and confidential service.

You can also read some of the personal stories of stroke survivors here.

 

'How to' tips to help with daily activities

The videos below are mostly from the UK Stroke Association and provide many useful tips on how to cope with daily activities such as dressing oneself, provided by stroke survivors who have learned to deal with problems such as disability in one arm. They are mostly for women, with one video on dressing for men.

Makeup with one hand

Jewellery with one hand

Hair drying and styling with one hand

Managing a baby

Dressing – women

Dressing – men


Makeup with one hand

Putting on foundation makeup with one hand



Mascara with one hand



Lipstick with one hand



 

Jewellery with one hand

Wearing necklaces, earrings and bracelets



 

Hair drying and styling with one hand

Hair drying with one hand



Styling tips



Managing a baby

Putting a baby in a high chair



Putting on nappies



Dressing – women

Putting on a pair of tights



 

Putting on a bra


Putting on a bra alternative way


Dressing – men

Getting dressed