Supporting a stroke survivor

Resource type: Information guide

Publication type: Publication

Resource type

This guide is for friends, family members and carers of people who have had a stroke. It gives clear information about what a stroke is, why it happens, and some of the ways you can support someone after a stroke. 

This guide looks at the phyical and emotional effects of stroke. It gives tips and on helping someone with rehabiltiation. It can help you understand the hidden effects of stroke such as fatigue and behaviour changes.

A stroke can have a huge effect on the stroke survivor, but it can also lead to feelings of shock, worry or even guilt in friends and family members. This guide can help you understand some of the wider emotional impact of a stroke and how to get help.

There is information on the financial changes that can happen after a stroke, as well as the support available for carers. 

Accessible formats

Clear print: you can download a pdf at the end of this page.

Large print: you can download a large print Word document at the end of this page.

Braille: to request a braille copy email

Information in other languages

If you need this guide in another language, please email

Audio guide

Document date

Publication date
March 2017
Next review due
March 2019