Can I live at home after a stroke?

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.
Steven A. Meyers, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
Strokes vary greatly in the degree of disability that they cause. Most stroke survivors can return home and to their usual activities. Many stroke patients may require rehabilitation either in a facility or at home for some period of time after they leave the hospital. 

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