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Stroke Survivor, Peter Blair, Shares His Top-Ten Tips For Stroke Survivors 3

In July of 2005, Peter Blair had a stroke. It changed him dramatically. He went from a fully functioning adult running his own business to an old and rather simple child. He was forced to retire from full time work and though he has recovered some ability, he still has learning difficulties, aphasia, hemianopia and memory problems.

While recovering he learned about some of the hidden social effects of stroke and how to deal with them, and it is that knowledge that he wants to share with other survivors, their families and care-givers.

Ask For Help

I have found that even the best organised family cannot support a stroke survivor entirely on its  own. There is a lot of help available but how to access it is not always obvious. The key is to ask and keep asking. 

The first source will be the Hospital Discharge Team which will assess the patient and their home circumstances and make recommendations for alterations and other assistance and where to get it. 

As recovery progresses another source might be Age UK ( a merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged ) which will help with the handling of correspondence, bills, benefits, pensions and  forms and will arrange befriending and advice services.

I found these services particularly helpful.

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By: Peter Blair, Stroke Survivor since July 2005

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