The long term effects of a stroke vary from person to person. Nevertheless it is a major event in anyone’s life and the emotional consequences can last for many months.
A range of emotions - anger, anxiety and frustration – are common and it is important to seek help if you find it difficult to cope.
The health professionals and social care staff involved in your care also recognise this and can discuss and help you with the support you need to regain your confidence, make daily living easier and get back as much independence as possible.
If your partner will be providing support when you come home, they are entitled to a carer’s assessment. This can identify any help they need to care for you.
The Stroke Association has a comprehensive website, a wide range of publications that address the medical, emotional and practical consequences of having a stroke. They also have a telephone helpline and local Life After Stroke services. These may vary across the country but aim to offer practical help and a chance to meet other families whose lives have been touched by a stroke. You can find out more from their website or by calling the helpline.
If you need help with personal care or watching over to make sure you are all right, you may be eligible to claim a non means-tested benefit – Personal Independence Payment (PIP) if you are under 65 or Attendance Allowance if you are 65 and over.
You can find out more about these and other benefits you may be entitled to claim by visiting our benefits section or by calling Age NI on 0808 808 7575.
This website has useful information on benefits you or your carer may be eligible to receive under the heading ‘benefits.'
You can find information about stroke – risk factors, symptoms and treatment in the Health A-Z section.
Or find out what to expect from the NHS to help you manage a long term condition such as a stroke.
NICE guideline CG68
Early assessment and treatment of people who have had a stroke or TIA. Website: There is a version for the public that you can download. You can find it under the heading 'Information for the public'.
The Stroke Association
Helpline: 0303 3033 100The Stroke Association is the only UK charity solely concerned with combating stroke in people of all ages.