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Guidance for stroke survivors

Always follow the latest government coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance.

There are different rules depending on where you live.

Check the information in your area.

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We recommend wearing a mask or face covering if possible. Evidence shows that the following can help stop the spread of Covid-19.

  • Wearing a mask or face covering.
  • Social distancing.
  • Washing your hands regularly.

After a stroke you may have difficulty wearing a mask or face covering. Watch this YouTube video to see how to apply a mask or face-covering with one hand.

A mask or face covering makes lip-reading or facial expressions unclear. This can affect people differently including:

  • People with aphasia or other communication difficulties.
  • People with visual difficulties.
  • People with hearing loss who need to lip-read.

Some groups are exempt from face coverings or masks, including:

  • People with a physical impairment or disability.
  • People who face severe distress due to wearing a face covering.

We know people are worried and confused about the new rules. If wearing a mask is difficult for you following a stroke you may want to use an exemption card. Many organisations have exemption cards that you can download and take out with you. We have shared three examples below:

Guidance for carers and people working with stroke survivors

As restrictions are lifted we will be resuming face-to-face support for a small number of stroke survivors.

We will be prioritising people who are unable to receive support virtually or over the telephone.

We will provide clear facemasks for our staff to use when they're delivering face-to-face support to people with communication difficulties.

If you are supporting someone who has had a stroke, you may find a clear facemask is beneficial.

The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists is supportive of clear face masks where appropriate.