How To Be More Independent Post-Stroke
Updated: May 28, 2020
You need to always have a good mindset. I know that every stroke survivor's story is a little different but in my experience, it just takes time to adapt to life post-stroke. It helps a lot to have a support team which can include family members to cheer you on. After my stroke, plus the 63 days in the hospital, I was finally released to go home. Life at home was different than before and I had to learn to be independent and adapt to new ways of doing things.
Once I started becoming more active and my energy increased, I began to face problems that I had never faced before as an active and agile 13-year-old. I asked myself questions like “How am I going to put on socks with one hand?”, and “How am I going to cut my food with one hand?”. I learned a lot of adaptive techniques from my two years of physical and occupational therapy, but nothing compares with just exploring what adaptations work for you. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially if you’re feeling down. The pride and excitement that comes from solving a challenge also help improve your mindset and increase your independence. Life post-stroke is what you make it. From day one of my stroke, I have tried not to look back, but to always keep moving forward to create my story and help others along the way.
Online communities and websites with valuable adaptive equipment can help ease the transition post-stroke. I have found several valuable resources online including the products mentioned in my website and my new affiliate, The Wright Stuff. The Wright Stuff offers a variety of products for varying disabilities, from adaptive cooking aides to an extensive line of exercise equipment. The Wright Stuff is having deals up to 50% off through the month of May. Think about your personal challenges with independence and then think about what would help and often the product already exists online.
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