Tips and Tricks

Whether you're a stroke survivor learning to accomplish tasks with only one hand or a family caregiver who needs help managing this challenging role, you're not alone! There are many others doing the same and some of them share their great ideas with us. Take a look at some of the great adaptive ideas and guidance we've gathered from stroke families. 


 

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Talking Tech

Technology expands communication opportunities for people with aphasia.

Long-Term Care Options

There are various reasons why a family member may be unable to care for a stroke survivor at home. Depending on the survivor's needs, there are several options to investigate.

Taking Control

Understanding and managing post-stroke incontinence

Recreation Can Help With One-Side Neglect

Adapting hobbies and other fun activities to help survivors improve one-side neglect.

Peeling an Orange with One Hand

Don't pass up on a scrumptious orange, peeling it with one hand can be done.

Managing Caregiver Expectations: Recovery

Most people choose the role of family caregiver with little or no knowledge of what they’re getting into. Stroke is a sudden occurrence that requires many decisions to be made very quickly.

Washing Under Your Unaffected Arm

Here was my challenge: when bathing, how to wash under my “good” arm considering I cannot use my affected arm and hand?

Managing Caregiver Expectations: The Medical Team

The third of a three-part series on how to use journaling as a method to help manage expectations across different aspects of your caregiving experience.

It CAN Be Done!

It’s often the very simple two-handed tasks, when approached with one hand, that seem to morph into monstrously frustrating and anything but the simple tasks we used to know. Case in point, opening cans and jars.

Tips from Survivors: Fingernail Grooming & More

Two great tips for caring for your nails with the use of only one hand plus advice for shoes, dental floss and a device that helps when peeling fruits and vegtables.

Helpful Communication Apps After Stroke

Apps and websites that may be helpful for stroke families.

Folding Laundry One-Handed

Step by step instructions that simplify folding with the use of only one hand.

Managing Caregiver Expectations: Family & Friends

The first of a three-part series on how to use journaling as a method to help manage expectations across different aspects of your caregiving experience.

Expanding Comfort Zones

It is no mystery that friends and family drift — they feel awkward because they see how hard it is for the survivor to communicate. They don’t want to aggravate him or her nor do they know how to help. For the most part, they don’t understand that aphasia is a language disorder, not a thinking or reasoning disorder. We are all so accustomed to speaking that people don’t naturally understand that intelligence and emotion are distinct from speech.
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Unexpected Expenses After Stroke

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Patient Advocate Foundation

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Stroke Survivor Goes Back to Work . . . for Herself

As I approach the eighth anniversary of being in private practice, I think about how it all came about and how if I hadn’t had a massive hemorrhagic stroke, I might not have been so bold as to open my own business.

The ADA Turns 25

Starting in the ’70s, the disability rights movement learned an important lesson from the civil rights movement and got organized. Their goals were the elimination of attitudinal, communication, transportation, policy and physical barriers so as to integrate people with disabilities into society.

Returning to Work After Stroke

For many younger survivors, going back to work is often the measure for recovery. Here's some excellent guidance if you're working toward getting back into the workplace.

Working My Way Back

My journey started on September 8, 1995 at 5:30 p.m. I was 47. I got up from my chair and said I did not feel good and then collapsed onto the floor.
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Stroke Notes

Stroke-related news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Readers Room

Articles, poems and art submitted by stroke survivors and their loved ones.

Life Is Why

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These stroke survivors, caregivers and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

Everyday Survival

Practical tips and advice for day-to day living after stroke.

Life At The Curb

A unique perspective on survival by comedian and stroke survivor John Kawie.

Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.

Support Showcase

Our new department highlighting the good work being done by stroke support groups from around the nation. If you are part of a successful support group we should consider featuring, let us know!