Ten top tips for stroke recovery

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'Having a stroke is not a selfish thing, the whole family gets to join in'

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My name is Peter. Welcome to my website.

I had a stroke over eleven years ago in July 2005.It changed me from a fully functioning adult running his own business into what was described to me later as an old, simple and very awkward child. I was forced to retire from full time work and though I have recovered some ability, I still have understanding difficulties, aphasia and memory issues.

While recovering I learned about some of the hidden social effects of stroke and how to deal with them, and it is that knowledge I now want to share with other survivors, their families and care-givers. .

The words and advice in this site are my own. I had help from friends, Ian, Fraser and Ruth. Ian set it up and regularly edits it and Fraser does the techy bits. Ruth helped us make it aphasia-friendly. We are constantly trying to improve the site so if you have any helpful hints let us know on feedback.strokeadvice@gmail.com.

I also have to make it clear that I do not deal with medical aspects of stroke recovery, either physical or mental, nor with rehabilitation. There is a lot of good information and advice available elsewhere on these subjects and anyway I have no medical qualifications.

What I do feel competent to talk about are the day- to-day difficulties which will have to be faced once the stroke survivor is out of hospital. I can offer practical suggestions, which I call my 'Ten Top Tips', on how to deal with some of these, based on my own experience, what my family have told me and what I have learned from listening to others. However it is said that no two strokes are the same and my experience bears this out. Any recovery programme has to be specific to the patient but it is important that they try things for themselves and are allowed to fail in order to progress. .

I do not want to underplay the problems that lie ahead nor to hold out false hope. Instead I want to emphasise that with the right help, determination and hard work, some improvement in quality of life might be achieved. It will not be easy. It will take a long time and much of the hard work will fall on the survivor’s family and care-givers, especially in the early years. I've heard it said that 'having a stroke is not a selfish thing, the whole family gets to join in.' And it is true that following a stroke, family life will never be the same again.