Stroke can be devastating and long-lasting. Many stroke survivors are left with physical, cognitive, and emotional impacts that affect every part of their lives.

But help for many stroke survivors stops when they leave hospital. They aren't given the vital and ongoing support they need to rebuild their lives. For some, the support just isn’t there. Others aren’t told about services which could help. And sometimes the quality of care is poor.

One in four stroke survivors told us they did not receive enough support when they needed it most. A third of stroke survivors felt that support was restricted to focusing on their medical conditions rather than them as an individual.

We want everyone affected by stroke to have access to the support they need and should expect, in line with national guidelines.

Read or download chapter 4 – Rebuilding lives after stroke.

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How we can help

  • We offer vital support to stroke survivors, taking into account their individual needs and ensuring the support they receive is personalised.
  • We provide hands on support to stroke survivors and their loved ones. In many parts of the country, 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 3033 100) and website, including family and friends.
  • We connect stroke survivors to the expertise they need through our information, videos, exercise hubs and emotional support. More information is available online or our helpline can provide more details.
  • 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. It is possible to find out what groups are available locally on our website.
  • We support stroke survivors to understand the financial support they may be entitled to. We also offer means-tested grants to support recovery. For example, these can contribute towards essentials such as bedding or furniture, towards technology to help with communication or things to help with day-to-day life like mobility equipment.
  • 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.

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