In 2018, we conducted the biggest ever survey of stroke survivors and their carers to find out more about their lives. Over 10,000 people closely affected by stroke in the UK took the time to share their stories with us. 

We now know more about the everyday experiences of those living with the effects of stroke, which can sometimes last a lifetime.

We are sharing what we learnt in four chapters throughout the year. The second chapter of this report looks at the wider impacts of stroke, on relationships, work and finances.

Chapter 2 – The wider impacts of stroke

The physical, emotional and cognitive changes caused by a stroke can affect every part of a person’s life. They can impact on their important relationships. They can prevent them from working. They can inhibit their social life.

These impacts also have a knock on effect. For example, losing your job can affect your finances, the way you feel about yourself and can put a strain on relationships.

This chapter explores how important it is that we recognise these wider impacts of stroke, and that the right support is provided.

Read or download chapter 2 – The wider impacts of stroke:

Chapter 1 - Hidden effects of stroke

While some effects of a stroke may be obvious to others, many effects like emotional changesmemory loss and extreme tiredness are harder to see. 

We know that the hidden effects of stroke can turn people’s lives upside down. We are dedicated to helping stroke survivors and their families lead the best life possible.

With time, courage and the right support, stroke survivors told us that they start to feel like they are on the road to recovery.

Read chapter 1 - Hidden effects of stroke.

Click here to see the results in Wales: English version | Welsh version

How we can help

  • We offer hands on support to stroke survivors and their loved ones. In many places, our teams visit stroke survivors and their family members in hospital and at home.
  • We listen and support people affected by stroke through our helpline (0303 30333 100) and website, including family and friends.
  • Our online community, accessed through My Stroke Guide, and our many stroke clubs and groups bring people together. These groups offer social support, promote independence and reduce the risk of isolation. Most groups offer activities, such as art and exercise sessions, as well as outings.
  • We provide information for employers to help them understand stroke better. We also have information for stroke survivors on returning to work, changing career, retirement and volunteering.
  • We support stroke survivors to understand the financial support they may be entitled to.
  • We offer means-tested grants to support recovery. For example, these can contribute towards respite breaks, tablets to help with communication or gym memberships.