10 things you should do when you come home after a stroke

1. Create a medical history profile:

It’s important to collect the patient’s medical information all in one place. Make a list of medication, allergies, past surgeries, previous stroke, or other medical data (including medical reports) that could be relevant. This information will help your doctor prescribe the right medication and treatment.

2. Get health insurance information organized:

Make sure that you have the patient’s health insurance information in order. Find out what is offered and covered under the patient’s policy. Keep this information on hand so that you know what services are available.

3. Create a list of emergency numbers:

Put the list of important phone numbers in your phone under emergency. You can also post this list somewhere visible like on the refrigerator. Include the number of doctors, caregivers, neighbors, and of course 911.

4. Define your care team:

Your needs change after a stroke. Think about where you need help and who can help you. Also, make a calendar to schedule who will help and at what time.

5. Make sure you understand care instructions:

Questions might come up when you get home. Write them down and ask your therapy team.

6. Find the right rehab:

Talk to your insurance about your rehab options and the services they offer. Sometimes insurances offer services you didn’t know about. You can find out what is covered and what meets your needs.

7. Check the home for safety and make adaptions where needed:

Things that no one noticed before can now become dangerous for someone who experienced a stroke. Usually, your occupational therapist will help you assess your home and suggest needed changes that can increase safety in the home like removing rugs and adding grab bars in the bathroom.

8. Make sure to get proper nutrition

In order to recover, the body needs the right nutrients. A balanced diet is key to making sure muscle function is maintained and fatigue is minimalized.

9. Continue to educate yourself:

Many sources are available to support you during this time. Websites like Strokemark.com are dedicated to giving you the most up-to-date information that can help you take charge of the recovery process.

10. Be patient. Recovery takes time.