The American Stroke Association estimates that about 4,800,000 stroke survivors are alive today and about 700,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier is addressed to this wide audience. Because hospital stays after a stroke are often short compared to the lengthy period of rehabilitation and gradual return of function, After a Stroke concentrates on the home recovery process after a stroke and assists those patients and their families in attempting to grow from patient back to person.
The author, a twelve-year stroke survivor and nurse, gives readers tips she learned and used herself during her recovery. She addresses topics such as communication, emotional liability, safety issues, personal care, relaxation techniques, and intimacy issues. The tips included in this book cover everything from dressing, hair care, cooking, and airline travel to using a computer and alleviating pain. Many activities that we take for granted can become a challenge after surviving a stroke. After a Stroke describes in detail how to accomplish daily living routines, combat fatigue, enjoy recreational activities, and how to turn stroke deficits into assets. The book frankly discusses self-esteem issues and using humor as a healing tool. No subject is off limits. Hutton leaves no gaps in relating what families and fellow stroke survivors need to know to live a full life post stroke.
With over 300 tips to assist stroke survivors, this book offers tried and true methods for coping with the aftermath of a stroke. It is a very useful reference guide and can be read in sections depending on the reader's area of interest. The book's mission is to foster independence for people living with stroke and promote healing through a positive outlook. After a Stroke is an essential tool for all stroke survivors and their families.
;"Preface. The Basics: Tips About Plateau's in Recovery; Tips Toward Improving Communication: Relearning Vocabulary Choices; Tips to Assist Reading And Comprehension; Tips on Controlling Emotional Liability; Tips for Differences Between Anger and Rage; Tips for Frequent Rest Periods; Tips for Accepting Assistance; Tips for Safety Issues during Adaptations; Tips for Storing and Dispensing Medications; Tips for Special Equipment. Getting Ready: Tips for Personal Care; Bathing or Showering; Adaptive Aids; Tips for Transfers; Tips for Dressing and Undressing; Tips for Nail Care; Tips for Shaving; Tips for Hair Care; Tips for Dental Care. The Greatest Strength Comes From Within: Tips for Improving Self-Esteem; Tips for Foraging Through Financial Fallout; The No Joke Stroke or How Humor Helps Heal. Let's Get Cookin': Tips to Improve Mealtimes; Tips for Cooking; Tips for Cleaning; Tips for Carrying Things; Tips for Home Maintenance. Let's Mention Unmentionables: Tips for Controlling Urinary Incontinence. Let's Get Moving: Tips for Using the Telephone; Tips for Mobility; Tips for Car Transfers; Tips for Airline Travel; Tips for Adaptive Recreation (gardening, bowling, golf, fishing, card games); Tips for Driving Post-Stroke. Brain Builders: Tips Regarding Relaxation; Tips for Alleviating Pain; Tips for Building New Connections in the Brain - Sensory Input; Tips for Organization; Tips for Exercising the Stroke Affected Side of Your Body; Tips for Television Program Viewing that Builds Brain Power; Tips for Using a Computer; Tips for a Home Office; Tips and Tidbits; Tips for Pet Owners After Stroke. The Importance of Love: Tips to Improve Intimacy; Tips for Positioning; Tips for Touch and Sight. Preventing Another Stroke: Tips for Stroke Prevention. Preventing Another Stroke: Tips for Stroke Prevention. Families Need Care Too: Tips for Family Members; Positive Strokes; Tips about Children of Stroke Heroes. Help is on the Way: Resources; Afterward; About the Author.";"Hutton discusses adaptive equipment, emotional liability, and the impact on family.Most of all, however, she talks about getting through the day and night--pillow arrangement, television, naps, and how to play cards and slice vegetables safely.... Her book should reside on the shelves of public libraries, consumer health libraries, and private collections of physicians, nurses, and counselors; highly recommended."--Library Journal
"Hutton is a nurse and an encouraging facilitator, and she will get you back on your feet following a stroke. Her area of expertise is post-stroke recovery at home, and as a 12-year stroke survivor, she certainly knows her stuff... Hutton inspires hope, a vital soothing force in the road to recovery." -- Kirkus Reports
"For the new stroke survivor, this book is helpful in not only providing specific tips but also in showing how stroke recovery is a journey. For those who may be further from the event and actively seeking new paths to recovery new ideas are provided. If you looking for a gift for someone who is new to stroke or in the first few years following a stroke, this is a good option."--Stroke Network