Life After Stroke
Getting back to usual pastimes, work, hobbies, and travel can be difficult after stroke. Making the effort to go out will, however, help recovery and quality of life. It may be necessary to adapt activities to fit in with the individual's disabilities.
I hope this site will help you to get the information you need to give it a try. If you have had a stroke and are now back to sport, leisure, and work, please let us know what helped you get back. If there are any facilities which are particularly suited for people with stroke related disabilities, please let us know.
If you have got back top leisure activities and would like to let other stroke patients know how best to go about it please contact us to let us know how you can help.
Stroke Art Cafe
Newcastle and Kidsgrove Community Rehabilitation Team. if you are working age you can self refer to the service. Please click link for details.
Strokes 'R' Us - the young stroke group (Stoke)
Different Strokes- the young stroke (national organization)
Reading and eyesight
Reading (Free online vision training programme for patients with hemianopia)
Eyesearch Free online vision training program for improving stroke-related problems with eyesight (hemianopia, spatial negelect)
DREX (Durham University) Free online vision training program for improving stroke-related problems with eyesight (hemianopia, spatial negelect)
Stroke Rehabilitation exercises (advice on what stroke survivors and and carers can do)
Arm and hand function
GRASP tool: exercises to help arm and hand movement (can be downloaded form the website for free)
Speech and understanding
Speech (STEPS) computer assisted self help speech relearning programme
Exercises to improve mouth and face weakness (instruction book costs around £10)
Physio2U Private physiotherapy
Medic Alert provides vital details on your medical condition in an emergency
WORK AND LEISURE
Equip Stroke Advice on travel, self help, and equipment form the Stroke Association
The Regional Driving Assessment Centre is an accredited member of the Forum of Mobility Centres, and runs centres in Birmingham, Oxford, Cannock, Hull and Northampton to help disabled people of all ages and the elderly maintain their independent mobility safely. The centres have a fleet of adapted vehicles permanently available which can cater for a wide range of mobility needs. Services include driving ability assessment, advice on adaptations and passenger/Carer Assessment. More information is available on the RDAC Information leaflet: Advice and information for people who have had a stroke and their carers and they can be contacted via email to Sharon Reynolds or by phone on 0845 337 1540. (Referral form)
GETTING INVOLVED IN RESEARCH
STROKE SURVIVORS IN THE MEDIA: FILMS AND BOOKS
Lotje Sodderland: my beautiful broken brain -experience of brain haemorrhage
Jill Bolte-Taylor: A stroke of insight -a personal view of brain haemorrhage