Strokes are serious medical conditions that can have long-lasting consequences, but the good news is that more people are surviving strokes than ever before.
Not everyone who suffers a stroke is affected in the same way, but there are some common problems that many people experience.
Most people who have a stroke will have some physical problems afterwards. These may include muscle weakness and stiffness, or paralysis in one side of the body. In turn, these physical problems can cause issues with movement and balance.
Some people also experience psychological problems. The most common are depression and anxiety, but others may experience anger, frustration, or bewilderment.
How a daily living aid or mobility product could help
At Middletons, we offer a range of products to make daily life easier after a stroke.
If you find it difficult to pick up or hold objects, our handy trolley with removable trays lets you keep your essentials easily accessible. A kitchen aid like our automatic can opener may help you carry out everyday tasks and regain some of your independence.
Balance and coordination can also be affected by a stroke, and this can make bathing or washing difficult. Our Riviera bath lift gently raises and lowers you into your bath while supporting your body, so you can feel safe and confident in the bathroom once again.
We also offer a selection of smaller items including this corner shower stool, which allows you to sit down and rest if you feel weak or dizzy when showering.
Your movement and walking is also likely to be affected after a stroke. You may experience ‘drop foot’, which is when your toes catch on the ground when you step forward. This occurs because the muscles that lift your toes are weak.
Others find their stamina is greatly reduced after a stroke. Middletons offers a broad range of walking aids, from handy folding walking sticks to deluxe wheelchairs. Alongside physiotherapy, a walking aid may help you strengthen your muscles and work towards getting back outside again.
Support after a stroke
If you have suffered a stroke, you should have a team of specialists available to help with your recovery and rehabilitation.
Daily living aids can make a huge difference to your recovery, but it’s best to seek advice from your care team or GP. They will be able to help you decide what will be most beneficial to your recovery.
Read more: Recognising the symptoms of a stroke