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.


Practical tips videos

A series of videos giving practical information and tips about performing daily activities such as dressing, putting on make-up or coping with a baby can be watched online here.