Some people who've had a stroke can return home after a few days in the hospital. Others will not get home for many weeks if they need treatment in a rehabilitation facility. A few stroke survivors require long-term nursing care. For most people who have had a stroke, living at home is possible only if they can manage activities of daily living, such as dressing, eating, and using the toilet. You also have to follow medical advice and take prescribed medications. But you will probably need help even if you can perform routine daily activities. Don't try to do it alone, at least not right away. Plan to have a relative, friend, or home health aide stay with you for at least the first night that you're home, and possibly longer. If you've been in a rehabilitation facility, chances are that someone in charge of discharge planning will visit your home ahead of time to evaluate what equipment and assistance you will need.
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