Recovery Tips for Daily Living
Hear from stroke survivors, caregivers and health care professionals as they share creative ways to get things done.
Tips For Daily Living
A stroke is a life-changing event — physically and emotionally. A stroke can make everyday activities challenging. These challenges may be due to several stroke-related conditions, such as limb weakness, numbness or paralysis, communication challenges, vision challenges and one-side neglect challenges.
Getting dressed, making a meal, doing laundry, or staying organized for the week – these tasks may become big obstacles. Simple everyday tasks may need to be relearned and you may need more frequent rest breaks. Every stroke is unique, and your recovery will be too.
Bed to Wheelchair Transfer| Some survivors may be unable to transfer themselves from bed to wheelchair. This video will demonstrate step by step transfer where minimal assistance from the caregiver or family member is required.
Grocery Shopping| After a stroke everyday tasks may become more challenging or need to be relearned. Every stroke is unique and so is your recovery. This step-by-step video provides grocery shopping tips for stroke survivors, including how to organize your shopping list, time-saving suggestions, ideas for assistive devices if needed, and heart-healthy food choices.
Laundry| After a stroke, simple activity such as doing laundry may become more challenging. Our step-by-step video and helpful tips will make this activity manageable.
Making Your Home Safe| After a Stroke, home safety might not be at the top of your list of concerns, but about 40% of stroke survivors experience a serious fall within a year. Make your home environment safer through evaluation and modifications.
Meal Preparation | After a stroke everyday tasks may become more challenging or need to be relearned. Every stroke is unique and so is your recovery. This step-by-step video provides meal preparation tips for stroke survivors, including meal planning, time saving suggestions, ideas for assistive devices, if needed, and making a simple meal together.
Organizing Your Week| After a stroke, managing all your day-to day tasks can feel overwhelming. Get started by making a list of what you need to do or would like to accomplish each day. Break up activities into small steps to make them more manageable. Prioritize and conserve your energy and check out this video for more tips.
Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, affects up to two-thirds of stroke survivors.The recipes in our new “Simply Good” cookbook were developed for survivors and include modifications for those who have trouble swallowing.
Simply Good: Cooking Videos
Skillet Chicken with Barbeque Sauce | You don’t need a grill to make comfort food with lots of barbeque flavor. This chicken is bathed in slightly sweet, homemade sauce. Savor the summertime tang any time of year.
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal | When you’re looking for a satisfying, quick breakfast, this pumpkin pie oatmeal is easy breezy. Cooking the oats in almond milk gives each bite creaminess. The pumpkin and spices pack this dish with the flavors of autumn.
Mushroom Meatloaf with Brown Gravy | With this take on a classic comfort food, you can enjoy a super-moist meat loaf that’s smooth in texture, flavorful, and heart healthy. The secret? Finely ground mushrooms are combined with the beef rather than being added to the gravy.
Aven con sabor a pastel de calabaza | Cuando desee un desayuno rico y rápido, este avena con sabor a pastel de calabaza es muy fácil de hacer. Cocinar la avena en leche de almendras le brinda cremosidad a cada bocado. La calabaza y las especias le otorgan a este plato los sabores del otoño.
Pastel de carne con hongos y salsa de carne| Con esta versión de un plato clásico y práctico, puede disfrutar de un pan de carne superhúmedo que es suave en textura, sabroso y saludable para el corazón. ¿El secreto? Los hongos picados fino se combinan con la carne, en lugar de agregarse al jugo.
Pollo preparado en sarten con salsa barbacoa | No necesita una parrilla para hacer platos clásicos con mucho sabor a barbacoa. Este pollo está bañado en una salsa casera ligeramente dulce. Disfrute del sabor del verano en cualquier momento del año.
Life After Stroke: Our Path Forward
There is life – and hope – after stroke. With time, new routines will become second nature. Rehabilitation can build your strength, capability and confidence. It can help you continue your daily activities despite the effects of your stroke.
View the Life After Stroke Guide for Patients and Caregivers.
The Life After Stroke Guide is also available in Spanish. View the Guía De La Vida Tras Un Ataque Cerebral.
Tips for Daily Activities – Save Energy. Simplify. Delegate
After a stroke, routine activities can be a challenge. Getting dressed, making a sandwich, doing laundry – these tasks become huge obstacles. Here are some tips and gadgets that might be helpful.
Video Tips by Survivors