Recovery from a Stroke is a lifelong process. For many people, recovery begins with formal rehabilitation, but regardless of where the patient begins, there is always hope of recovery.

Stroke Recovery

Areas of Brain Affected By Stroke


The types and degrees of disability that follow a Stroke depends on which area of the brain is damaged. Generally, Stroke can cause five types of disabilities.

1) Paralysis or problems controlling movement

2) Sensory disturbances including pain

3) Problems using or understanding language

4) Problems with thinking and memory

5) Emotional disturbances


Rehabilitation helps Stroke survivors relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is damaged. Among the skills that are relearned are coordinating leg movements in order to walk or carrying out the steps involved in any complex activity. It teaches new ways of performing tasks to circumvent or compensate for any residual disabilities. Patients may learn how to bathe and dress using only one hand or how to communicate effectively when their ability to use language has been compromised.

There is a strong belief among the experts that the most important element in any rehabilitation program is carefully directed, well-focused, repetitive practice. It's like learning a new skill.

For some Stroke survivors, rehabilitation will be an ongoing process to maintain and refine skills and could involve working with specialists for months or years after the Stroke.


Most patients will need "stork rehab" to help them recover after they leave the hospital. Stroke Rehab will help regain the ability of self-care. Most types of therapy can be done where the patient lives including in the home.

If the patient is unable to practice self-care at home, they may have therapy in a special part of the hospital or in a nursing or rehab center. The ability of the patient to go home after a Stroke depends on whether or not they can take care of themselves, how much help there is at home and whether the home is a safe place for a Stroke victim who has trouble walking (and climbing stairs).


Changes may be needed to assure the patient is safe from falls in the home and bathroom.

Attention should be given to "wandering".

A number of devices are available to help with activities such as cooking or eating, bathing or showering, moving around the house or elsewhere, dressing and grooming, writing and using a computer and more.

Family counseling may be necessary to help the family cope with the change that will surely take place.

Legal advice may be needed regarding advance directives, power of attorney and other legal actions that relate to the decision-making process about the patient's care.

It is never a process done alone, and should the family be unwilling to help, there are a vast number of specialists who can step in so don't give up hope.

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