After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier

After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier

by Cleo Hutton
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After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier by Cleo Hutton

An essential resource for all stroke survivors and their families and caregivers

With more than 300 tips, this useful guide offers tried and true methods for coping with the aftermath of a stroke. Written by a stroke survivor and nurse, After a Stroke provides ideas, techniques, and exercises to help:

  • accomplish daily living routines
  • promote healing and recovery
  • make the home safe and accessible
  • foster independence and build self-esteem
  • turn stroke deficits into assets

After a Stroke contains everything families and fellow stroke survivors need to know to live a full life post-stroke.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932603118
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Series: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier Series
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 851,810
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Cleo Hutton, Author, Speaker, and Advocate for Stroke Awareness and Recovery Issues

Cleo Hutton authored After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier, Demos Medical Publishing, in 2005, and coauthored, with Louis R. Caplan, MD, Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal, in 2003. She also contributed to the books Stroke by Louis R. Caplan, MD, and Brain Attack, the Journey Back, edited by Liz Pearl.

Cleo is a 24-year ischemic stroke survivor and has had prior working experience in nursing. Her extensive campaign to spread the word about stroke awareness and recovery has been carried on national radio shows and television broadcasts, including CNN Health, and featured in several magazines, including Prevention, Cerebrum, and Stroke Smart.

Cleo is a compassionate speaker who uses her heart, humor, and experience to deliver a message of hope and healing by breaking paradigms rooted in myths and misconceptions concerning stroke. In 2014, Cleo received the 16th Annual Journey Award from Essentia Health Rehabilitation Services at Essentia Health, Duluth, Minnesota. In 2006, she received Northland News Center's Women in Leadership Award. In 1996, she received the American Heart and Stroke Hero Award.

At the young age of 50, Cleo graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a major in English and a minor in professional writing and communication. She chose these subjects in order to relearn communication and aid comprehension, reading, and writing skills.

The mother of three adult children and a grandmother, Cleo lives in Minnesota with her two Tabby cats, Buddy and Lucy. Cleo is an avid reader who knits and exercises daily. She also volunteers for numerous community services and events.

The name, Cleo Hutton, is a pseudonym for medical and family privacy.

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After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Birdie17 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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.