This explicit guide for home care of the stroke patient describes a program for physical recovery. It identifies problems encountered by patients and caregivers. This third edition contains multiple diagrams that are more visually appealing and contemporary than in previous editions. Its purpose is to offer a direction for physical recovery (of muscle and movement) using a treatment of specific resting and movement patterns. This method, promoted by the author, a physiotherapist in the U.K., has undergone a long clinical trial. This book fosters understanding of much that is faced during recovery after a stroke. Intended primarily for patients, families, friends, and other members of the rehabilitation team, this guidebook provides a common approach for all. Through this unified approach to physical care and recovery, the patient can identify progress and gain hope. By presenting basic rules that point the way toward a return to controlled movements, ""a recovery pattern"" is described to maximize the opportunity for return to normal living. The overall design of this book facilitates usage in community-based practice. It is a practical, ready reference with diagrams and photographs that are especially useful to visualize correct positioning and a how-to approach. This guide contains highlighted headings and illustrations and a glossary of health-related terms for care of the stroke patient. The appendix contains providers of special equipment and resources, primarily in Europe, with suggested further readings from the Stroke Association (London and Edinburgh). This handbook is an excellent resource for all members of the rehabilitation team to provide a framework forunderstanding the philosophy underlying this patterning for stroke patients. This third edition updates all areas, although the basic information remains standard. A new chapter provides an update on URIAS pressure splints for stroke, and the case history chapter incorporates a 1990s patient study with illustrative photographs. The emphasis of this clearly written book is on physical recovery and its relation to comprehensive care. Its aim is to provide a method of treatment that can be used by all who care for the patient.