Tips to Help Your Stroke Recovery
Stroke can change your life in an instant. It’s one of the most common causes of disability and death in Jamaica.
Recovery can be a long process of relearning just about everything – from speaking, reading and walking to how to eat independently. Starting the right rehabilitation program as soon as possible may help survivors recover better.
Here are six recovery tips for stroke survivors and their caregivers:
*Ask your doctor to assess the physical and cognitive challenges you face after a stroke and provide a specific plan to address each challenge.
*Work with your doctor on a plan to manage your risk of having another stroke. This may include being more active, quitting smoking and managing your blood pressure.
*Start your personalized rehabilitation program as soon as your medical team gives you the OK. Early rehabilitation matters. Recovery can take years, but the most rapid progress usually occurs during the first three months after a stroke.
*Ask your medical team what the best local rehab options are for you. Successful rehabilitation can happen anywhere, from a formal rehab facility to the comfort of your own home.
*Follow up regularly with health care providers. Some challenges – such as remembering medications – may not be immediately clear.
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