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National Stroke Association has developed a companion checklist for stroke survivors and caregivers. The Post-stroke Checklist for Survivors and Caregivers can help you address challenges you might forget during an appointment and issues you might not know are related to your stroke or that are embarrassing to bring up.
National Stroke Association Post-stroke checklist


» Download this useful checklist.

Photo of woman with physical therapistRecovery after a stroke is often a lifelong process for everyone impacted by this event. Some people recover fully from a stroke while others face challenges for the rest of their lives. Just as every stroke is different, life after stroke is different for everyone. There is hope in that progress is possible at one month, one year or 20-plus years after a stroke. Recovery may depend on the location, type and severity of a stroke. Being equipped with information about recovery-related treatments and management strategies will help ease the transition to life after stroke.

Restoring physical, mental and emotional health will increase quality of life for stroke survivors and those impacted by stroke. Learn as much as possible about stroke survivors, post-stroke recovery and the many ways to restore independence.

Effects of Stroke

Each part of the brain influences physical, cognitive and emotional functioning. Effects can be experienced at varying degrees at any phase of recovery. Stroke is a trauma and it can take time to heal. Understanding the nature of the effects of stroke and what can be done about them are the first steps recovery.


Recovery for many stroke survivors involves rehabilitation of some kind. There are a variety of types of rehabilitation, locations for rehabilitation and professionals involved.

Content Updated: October 2013

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