damages parts of the brain that control different things in the body, such as
speech and movement. But other parts of the brain can take over for the damaged
areas. Many people are able to get back most of the skills and abilities they
Some people do have permanent problems after a stroke. But
more than half of people who have a stroke regain their ability to take care of
How long does rehab take?
For most people, rehab
is a lifelong process. The road to recovery can be long and frustrating, so
keeping a positive outlook is key. Try everything you can to get better, and
get relief from pain if you need to. Your stroke rehab team is there to help in
as many ways as it can. A strong support network of family and friends is also
You may recover the most in the first few weeks or
months after your stroke. But you can keep getting better for years. It just
may happen more slowly. And it may take a long time and a lot of hard work.
Don't give up hope.
What else should you think about?
It is common to feel sad and hopeless after
a stroke. It may be hard to deal with your emotions. Tell your rehab team how
you feel. Get treatment for
depression if you need it.
It is important
to get the support you need. Let your loved ones help you. Get them involved in
your treatment. Talk to others who have had a stroke, and find out how they
A stroke affects your loved ones too. They may
be as scared and worried as you are. Urge them to find a caregiver support
group and learn ways to relieve their stress.
may not cover the rehab or devices you need after you leave the hospital. Have a
caregiver check on Medicare or other programs.