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After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier [NOOK Book]

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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...

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After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier

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Overview

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

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Editorial Reviews

Stroke Network
"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934559017
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 615,714
  • File size: 643 KB

Meet the Author

Cleo Hutton is the coauthor of Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal. She is a well-respected author, speaker, nurse and advocate for stroke awareness and recovery. She is also a stroke survivor.

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Table of Contents

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
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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    Very Useful

    The author, Cleo Hutton, had a stroke, and there is no better person to give advise than one who has walked the walk. It would be most helpful to read this early on in recovery. My 57 year old husband had a stroke and I read the book 2 months after the event. Some of the discussion was more pertinent to the time already in the past for us. In addition to practical tips,such as how to put on a shirt, Hutton's book is intended as a shot in the arm for those who face this very challenging situation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2005

    A very practical help book

    'After A Stroke' is a mine of useful, practical, advice, written by someone who has been there, for persons who have experienced a stroke, or for the friends, family, or caregivers of such persons. The writing is in plain English, and knowledge of medical terms is not necessary. The book is subtitled, '300 Tips for Making Life Easier,' but actually it contains nearly double that amount. The author deals not only with day to day living problems for persons who have lost the use of one side of their bodies, but also has more general suggestions useful for anyone dealing with the problems of living after experiencing a stroke. Some of the more specific topics include learning how to swallow safely with a partially paralized mouth, dressing, cooking, traveling, and house cleaning. More general topics include learning to deal with emotional lability, learning to self-medicate safely, learning ways to begin retraining your brain, and dealing with family intimacy. Hutton stresses that a stroke becomes a family matter, and includes a chapter on tips for family members. The book also includes a bibliography, and a list of sources and agencies that can offer resources and support. Hutton experienced a stroke herself, and writes mostly from her own experience. Her advice is therefore very specific to the kinds of every day problems that arise after stroke. Her writing is to the point and easy to understand. 'After a Stroke' is a valuable resource for anyone dealing with stroke, whether as a patient, family member, or caregiver.

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