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Mobility

One of the main goals in recovery from stroke is to promote as much return of movement as possible.  Stroke severity and recovery rate differ from person to person but the following are ways of getting around after stroke. People may move between the different methods during the rehabilitation phase.

Walking

If you have achieved sufficient standing balance and leg activity, walking may be an option for mobility.  Your physiotherapist will advise whether an assistive device such as a walking stick or frame is necessary.  In some cases other devices such as ankle braces, splints or a drop-foot stimulator may help you to walk better. Again, your therapist needs to assess and advise you.

Suitable footwear, such as comfortable, well-fitting shoes are recomended.  Slippers, high-heel shoes and mules are not suitable.

Wheelchairs

Self-propelled wheelchairs or motorised wheelchairs may be appropriate for getting around at some stages of the recovery process. If so, you should be assessed for one suitable to your requirements. There are some conditions which may make you an unsuitable candidate for motorised wheelchair use, such as visual problems.

Hoisting

Use of a hoist may be necessary to assist moving from bed to chair or chair to toilet if you have poor sitting or standing balance. This is sometimes advised as the safest option for both the person with a stroke and the carer. Otherwise your stroke shoulder may be easily injured and / or your carer suffer unnecessary back or neck pain.

 

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