Engaging Activities for Stroke Recovery

August 7, 2020

What is a stroke?

The NHS has described a stroke as a life-threatening medical condition that is caused when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut-off. The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.

What are the symptoms?

The main symptoms of a stroke can be remembered with the words FAST:

Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have dropped.

Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them up due to weakness or numbness in one arm.

Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake; they may also have problems understanding what you’re saying to them.

Time – it’s time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.

Side effects of a stroke

The most common effects of a stroke include:

  • Partial paralysis (usually on one side of your body)
  • Visual problems
  • Altered mood
  • Memory loss

Engaging activities for stroke recovery

After suffering a stroke, the patient will come up against  numerous barriers when trying to be  physically active again such as restricted movement , fatigue, or depression. While the journey  may have to start slowly, there are ways to work around the physical barriers, physical exercise is important to help recovery and help prevent a second stroke.

  1. Reading and writing

Reading and writing is important as it helps improve dexterity. Writing letters to friends or family members, writing stories or memoirs or reading a new book are all productive and enjoyable activities  to do while recovering from a stroke.  

  1. Cooking

Cooking is a good activity to do individually alternatively  with family and friends, always  keeping  safety in mind. Cooking will enhance your understanding of nutritional intake, enabling you to adopt a diet that’s beneficial for stroke rehabilitation.

  1. Music

Learning to play a new instrument is one way of improving coordination which can assist  stroke recovery. Listening to  music and possibly combining the activity with a light dance routine can improve  the mood as well as introducing an element of exercise.

  1. Arts and crafts

Arts and crafts engage the brain as well as  improving hand and eye coordination. Arts and crafts activities include paper crafts, flower arranging, scrapbooking or woodwork.

  1. Gentle exercise/physiotherapy

Gentle exercise or physiotherapy assists in regaining muscle and movement capacity. However, it is important to follow the  medical teams’ advice and engage in exercise or physiotherapy recommended by them.

  1. Meditation

Meditating is an effective way to reduce stress and approach life with added positivity, two aspects which are very important in stroke recovery. Setting aside some time to sit quietly each day, focus on  breathing and collecting  thoughts.

  1. Brain training

Brain training includes fun activities suitable for people at most stages of stroke recovery.

You could try a puzzle, jigsaw, crossword, sudoku, memory game, board game, or a spot of mental arithmetic depending on the patient  preferences.

  1. Days out

At a more advanced stage of recovery,  planning  local days out could be an option. This could give  a change of scenery and an opportunity to interact with friends and people in the  community. Start off with short, local trips and build up to longer trips as your recovery continues.

Specialist Stroke Care at Cavendish Homecare

 A stroke can have life changing effects on a person, as well as their family. At Cavendish Homecare, we are experts in providing homecare for individuals who have suffered a stroke who want to remain in their own homes whilst they recover. We work to support the patient and their family with private care to reduce pain, improve comfort and quality of life.

Our services are wide ranging, and we tailor our care to each unique person, it is never a ‘one size fits all’ solution or pre-determined care offering. We discuss needs and requirements, so you receive the best care possible for you. From mental health Care and companion care to post-operative care, we can cater for a wide range of needs after a stroke.

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