How Family and Friends Support a Stroke Survivor

You are the coaches, advocates and the cheerleaders.  You must step up to the plate and make sure that the survivor has a plan, is safe, and starts to Champion the Challenges that come with winning the rehabilitation journey.

Family and Friends Quick Reference List

1. Set-up and manage the therapy schedule, and be sure exercises are done at home as required by the therapists.

2. Set weekly and monthly goals to show improvement.

3. Take pictures and videos to share with family, friends, doctors and therapists of home therapy sessions.

4. Prepare questions and topics of discussion for all doctor visits or telehealth calls.

5. Read and use our on-line booklets for staying sharp and making each day productive.

6. Take time for yourself to do the things you like, so you are rested and recharged—you can’t burn out.

7. Always remember Deb’s 3P’s: Be Patient, Stay Positive and help the survivor Practice so they improve.

Explore New Rehabilitation Methods and Technology

The world is filled with new technology and innovative types of therapy. You should commit some time to explore and determine which ones might be worthwhile for your stroke survivor. Always get a doctors and therapists advice-- don’t just rely on them to bring the ideas to you. Take action and help Champion the Challenges.

Spot Stroke Symptoms

Families and friends should always educate others on the early warning signs of a stroke, so remember: F.A.S.T.
Face Drooping

Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile is it an even smile.

Arm Weakness

Is one arm weak of numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?


Is speech slurred or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat sentence. “A hummingbird has neon colors”

Time To Call 9-1-1

If someone shows any of these symptoms call 9-1-1. Know the time the symptoms started.

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