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Stroke (cont.)

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Tips for dealing with the effects of a stroke

  • Use a cane or a walker to help prevent falls.
  • Manage getting dressed. Talk with an occupational therapist about devices—such as reachers, sock aids, and buttonhooks—that can help you get dressed.
  • Manage vision problems. After a stroke, some people have problems seeing to one side. For example, people with right-sided paralysis may have difficulty seeing to the right.
  • Don't neglect your affected side. It's natural to favor the side of your body that wasn't affected by stroke. But it's important to pay attention to the rest of your body too.
  • Manage eating problems. You may not be able to feel food on one or both sides of your mouth. This increases your risk for choking. You may need further tests or an evaluation by a speech therapist.
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  • Manage bladder problems, such as emptying your bladder regularly. Some people suffer loss of bladder control after a stroke. But this is usually temporary.

Tips for family members and caregivers

  • Provide support and encouragement. Strong support from the family can be a big help in stroke recovery.
  • Help with speech problems. Your loved one may have trouble communicating, which can be very frustrating. You can help by speaking slowly and directly and listening carefully.
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