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 Recovering from stroke: What can we do?


Stroke may cause temporary or permanent weakness or paralysis on one side of the body. A person who is suffered a stroke may have difficulty caring for himself or herself, such as in bathing, dressing, and managing a household or a job.  Stroke can affect a person's vision, memory, speech, and muscle strength, as well as his or her ability to drive a car safely and engage in typical leisure activities.

Occupational therapists are trained in helping people lead as independent a life as possible.  Occupational therapists can help stroke survivors regain their strength to again engage in daily activities. 

What can occupational therapists do? 

  • Recommend equipment for the home that can aid a person completing tasks, such as dressing, bathing, preparing meals, and driving.
  • Fabricate a customized splint to improve hand function.
  • Evaluate the home for safety hazards and adapt the home by removing hazards that can cause further injury.
  • Provide training that improves the ability to complete daily tasks.
  • Build a personís physical endurance and strength.
  • Help a person compensate for vision and memory loss.
  • Provide activities that rebuild self-confidence and self-esteem.

What can family and friends do?

  • Participate in stroke education classes to become better aware of how stroke affects a person.
  • Encourage a stroke survivor to practice tasks to increase strength and endurance and to speed recovery.
  • Consult an occupational therapist about how to help a person who is suffered a stroke to participate in meaningful daily activities and tasks.

Information provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association Inc.

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate                                      

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