Technology can play a big role in your stroke recovery — helping you relearn basic skills such as talking, eating, dressing and walking. You can also improve your strength, flexibility and endurance.
The better you understand your rehabilitation journey and the role technology plays, the more independence you can gain. Keep in mind: Physical, occupational and speech-language therapists recommend tools based on your personalized goals. So the next time you make the rounds to your health care providers, prepare lots of questions. Here are a few examples:
- For your primary care physician:
- Do you have advanced training in providing care for stroke survivors?
- What experience do you have with technology in stroke recovery?
- Can you recommend specific technology for certain impairments?
- How can I use technology at home to help me after my stroke?
- What technologies are available for my caregiver to help me with recovery?
For your neurologist:
- How often do you introduce your patients to technologies that assist with stroke recovery?
- Do you have stroke technology information that I can take home to review?
- What’s the most important information you can share with me about stroke recovery and technology?
For your rehabilitation professional:
- Do you have advanced education or expertise in stroke rehabilitation?
- Can technology support my recovery goals?
- Do you use technology to support stroke recovery?
- What technologies do you have access to in your clinic or otherwise that can help with my challenges?
- What are some technical and non-technical approaches we could use during my rehabilitation therapy?
- Are there technologies that I can easily access at home