How can my family help my recovery after a stroke?

Family members play a critical role in a person's recovery after a stroke. They can encourage attendance in outpatient therapy and give healthcare providers valuable feedback about progress. They also serve as a barometer of the person's mood, assessing whether the person is becoming withdrawn or depressed. Ongoing encouragement from both family and healthcare providers can play a key role in any successful rehabilitation process.

Both people who have had a stroke and caregivers can also benefit from participating in a stroke support group, which allows members to share feelings, ideas and resources with others whose lives have been affected by stroke. The American Stroke Association's website can help you find a support group.

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