Leaving hospital

After a stroke it may be a few weeks, or even months, before you will be ready to be discharged from hospital. When the time is right, the stroke team who looked after you will assess what care you will need. You may not have fully recovered and it may be necessary for you to receive ongoing rehabilitation at home from a community stroke team, which could include physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists. Some local councils may be able to provide you with some aids and adaptations to help with day-to-day living tasks.

Depending on the severity of your stroke, living at home may not be best for you. The other options for you to consider can include sheltered accommodation, with a warden on-hand to assist; a care home which provides basic personal care; or a care home with fully qualified nurses to provide 24-hour nursing care. Rehabilitation bed centres are also available for people that require extended therapy and some nursing care before being discharged home.