Two charities have created a website for stroke survivors to get advice on aids and adaptations that can help make day to day tasks easier.
The Stroke Association, in partnership with the Disabled Living Foundation, has just launched the site for stroke patients to get information on products and services that can help them live independently.
The emphasis is very much on letting people get on with their everyday lives or start new hobbies, said a spokeswoman for the Stroke Association.
When they visit the Equip Stroke site, patients specify the area they want advice on from a range of options including managing personal care, help with mobility or communication or doing household chores.
They are then given an individual report based on their responses to a questionnaire, which suggests specific solutions and equipment to aid their recovery or make tasks easier.
The products have all been independently reviewed and the advice provided is impartial, according to the charities.
Claire Vincent, partnerships manager at the Stroke Association said: “We hope this will be a one-stop shop for tools to assist with stroke prevention, swallowing, one sided weakness and visual problems.
“Stroke is a complex condition but there are aids that can improve most long term effects,” she said.
Christine Shaw, chief executive of the Disabled Living Foundation, added: “The site not only covers the most common difficulties for stroke survivors but also related areas that can sometimes get overlooked yet still have an impact on an individual’s ability to remain independent in and out of the home.”
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