Here are few facts about stroke recovery:
- 10% of stroke survivors recover almost completely
- 25% recover with minor impairments
- 40% experience moderate to severe impairments requiring special care
- 10% require care in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
- 15% die shortly after the stroke
- Ischemic strokes have risen by nearly 42% for young men and 30% for young women
- 34% of stroke survivors are under the age of 65
- 5% of TBI survivors receive all the care they need (I’m assuming this statistic is similar for stroke survivors)
Sources: 1. https://www.saebo.com/timeline-stroke-recovery-2/ 2. https://thebind.org/
Insurance determines the amount of care a person receives. I had decent insurance for the first year. After that, my therapy declined and I had to do most of the work alone.
I have aphasia. I use technology frequently due to the lack of therapy (iPad apps, Android apps, etc). LPAA (life participation approach to aphasia) is encouraged which means getting out in the community (i.e. going to support groups, volunteering, working). However, as I experienced, confidence is large factor. If a person lacks confidence or has no support system, LPAA may be too difficult to tackle. Counseling may be helpful.
Luckily, BIND has increased my support system the past few months.