Life after a Stroke

Life after a StrokeThere will be many problems stroke victims will encounter on the path to recovery. The main focus is to overcome these problems and to try to live as normal a life as possible. Such problems as post stroke depression, post stroke fatigue and post stroke dementia can all be overcome after time. There are a lot of misconceptions that once someone has had a stroke, that their life will never be the same again, but there are still a lot of day to day activities that they can still carry on with. Also with some hard work, they can have an independent life again.

Social Life

Continuing a social life after a stroke can be extremely daunting. Always remember that if one of your friends or family was in the same situation, then you will want to be there for them to support and help them with continuing a normal life. Once you get used to being in social situation again, the more confidence and independence you will gain.

Keep Active

It is important to keep active after a stroke. Physiotherapy is not the only way to get exercise, as there are many other options available. A stroke victim should speak to their Physiotherapist or contact their local council to find out what disability groups there are available.


Driving after a stroke will not be allowed to drive for at least 1 month. After this period it depends on what other conditions they may have that would prevent them from being in fully control of a vehicle. A doctor can help or refer people to a mobility unit for assessment to see if they are fit to drive.

Sexual Relationships

At some point after a stroke, a person may want to continue a sexual relationship. There are many factors involved when continuing with sex after a stroke such as physically, fear and emotional changes.  Generally simple steps such as experimenting with positions that make it easier for the stroke victim and their partner to overcome tiredness.


For carer’s of a stroke victim, there is many ways to help and quicken the recovery process which include:

  • Helping with physio exercises
  • Strive to motivate them towards their goals
  • Being mentally strong for them with constant support
  • Becoming adaptable to their new needs

As a carer’s role is very important and demanding, this can put a huge pressure on the carer and can be quite tiring. There are a few tips to help the carer along the way:

  • Keep yourself positive and calm
  • Be ready for changes in the person
  • Always try to make time for yourself
  • Ask for help if you are finding it difficult at times