You cannot drive after having a stroke until your doctor says that
you can. This may be hard to accept. You may feel that this is a big loss of
independence. But any problems with your vision, speech, or ability to
move quickly after a stroke can change your ability to drive safely. You need
your doctor's approval for the safety of yourself and others.
After your doctor says that you can drive, talk to the motor vehicle
department and ask about the rules for people who have had a stroke. You may
need to take classes, be tested again, and have changes made to your car. Some
stroke rehab centers give driver training classes.
Since you've recently had a stroke, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.
1. How soon can I expect to recover after my stroke?
2. How will having a stroke change what I can and can't do?
3. Will I need to change my diet? What foods should I be avoiding or eating more of?
4. Are there any other lifestyle changes I should make?
5. Would physical or occupational therapy be helpful? Can you make a referral?
6. Are there any medications I should take to help me during my recovery?
If you cannot drive because of problems from your stroke, check with
your stroke rehab center about programs that offer special vans that can take
you to and from places. Senior groups and volunteer agencies may also offer