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Recovery from stroke is a lifelong process. For many people, recovery begins with formal rehabilitation, which can restore independence by improving physical, mental and emotional functions. It is important for you and your family to know that no matter where you are in your recovery journey, there is always hope.

To enhance your quality of life after stroke, National Stroke Association encourages you to learn as many details as possible about stroke and recovery. Here are resources and information you and your caregiver can use to make as much progress in recovery as possible.

Check out our new recovery resources through iHOPE and Living After Stroke – two convenient and easy-to-use tools for survivors and caregivers!

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» Learn more about Living After Stroke

Rehabilitation – The goal in rehabilitation is to relearn basic skills that the stroke may have taken away – skills like eating, dressing and walking. There are many types of rehabilitation available. Read more.

Rehabilitation Providers – Get resources to help in choosing a rehabilitation provider. Read more.

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Resource Directory

This searchable, comprehensive listing makes it easy for survivors and caregivers to find the resources they need.

Categories include:

  • Adult services
  • Rehabilitation
  • Mobile

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There is HOPE after stroke
HOPE: The Stroke Recovery Guide. The crucial and practical information and resources in this comprehensive guide will empower you to take charge of your life and become an active participant in your recovery. Learn about how to face daily tasks at home, dressing and grooming tips, ways to make eating easier and dealing with skin care problems. Read more.

Effects of Stroke – The abilities that will be lost or affected by stroke depend on the extent of the brain damage and where in the brain the stroke occurred. Learn about areas within the brain that are responsible for a particular function or ability and how this can be affected by stroke. Read more.

Post-stroke Fact Sheets – Educate yourself. These individual fact sheets cover topics such as choosing the best stroke rehabilitation provider, discovering your dietary needs, developing coping skills to manage daily living, dealing with emotions and more. Read more.

Prevent another strokeSTARS (Steps Against Recurrent Stroke)
Within 5 years of a first stroke, the risk for another stroke can increase more than 40%. Learn how to reduce your risk for a recurrent stroke by making lifestyle changes and managing medical conditions that could your increase stroke risk. Read more.

New! Online Education – Learn easily and at your own pace about how to manage and cope with recovery lifestyle and medical issues. These easy-to-view Web presentations are led by teams of experts providing information on specific issues related to stroke recovery:

  • iHOPE – This series of Web presentations and "Ask the Experts" Q&A sessions will cover topics such as depression after stroke, how to deal with different types of pain and mobility problems and the importance of self-care for caregivers. Read more.
  • Living After Stroke – The transition to home and the community can appear daunting and challenging. To ease into life after stroke, the Living After Stroke Web presentations will help you learn how to make kitchen, bathroom and total home modifications for safety and comfort, what transportation options are available and how to recover and adjust emotionally. Read more.

StrokeSmart® Magazine – Get a free subscription to our quarterly magazine that provides inspirational recovery stories and news of important scientific developments. Read more.

StrokeSmart Resource Directory – Find local and national products and services for stroke survivors and caregivers. The directory is searchable by category, state and company name.

Advocacy Initiative – Work side-by-side with stroke survivors and caregivers in speaking out to local, state and national decision makers on key issues that will help restore dignity to survivors and improve their quality of life. Read more.

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Stroke Help Line -
Get live help by phone. Get connected with resources and ask questions about stroke prevention, treatment and recovery.


Stroke Support Groups – Meet other stroke survivors or caregivers who understand what you are going through by using our searchable registry. Find a support group in your community. Read more.

Clinical Trials – A clinical trial is a complete investigation of a medicine or medical device to determine both safety and efficacy before it is made available to the public. Search the latest clinical trials available for stroke survivors through the Clinical Trials Resource Center. Read more.

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Lotsa Helping Hands offers free tools to coordinate care and make life easier for caregivers. Tools include a help calendar, which enables members to schedule and sign up for tasks that provide respite for the caregiver, plus message boards, personal blogs, photo sharing, and information and records storage.


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