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Life after a stroke

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What can I do?

Who can help me?

What financial help is available?

What can I do?

What can I do if I'm caring for someone who has had a stroke?

Who can help me?

Community Stroke Rehabilitation Service

People who've had a stroke may be eligible for the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Service. This service consists of a range of health professionals who'll visit you at home or in a residential care facility.

Physiotherapists

How Physio can help after a stroke from Physiotherapy New Zealand will tell you how a physiotherapist can help you recover. See Find a physio for help finding a local physiotherapist.

Occupational therapists

An occupational therapist can help you regain the skills you need to do everyday activities.

The Stroke Foundation

The Stroke Foundation represents the interests of stroke survivors and their families. It works with them to improve the quality of life of those affected by stroke. It has Community Stroke Advisers who can help with any stroke-related problems. They make hospital and home visits, and provide support and information. They can also provide information about stroke clubs, groups and carer support. For more information, phone (03) 381‑8500.

Physical Sense Gym

Stroke rehabilitation classes with a qualified physiotherapist are held at the Physical Sense Gym at 300 Colombo St, Sydenham. The Physical Sense Gym is a public gym that caters for older people. The first four sessions are free. After that, you can get a subsidised gym membership. If you receive WINZ help, you may be able to get a full subsidy for your gym membership. See this pamphlet for more details and to check if you meet the criteria for attending the classes. Ask your GP if the classes would help you. Phone (03) 377‑2577 to register for a class.

Cantabrainers Therapeutic Choir

Cantabrainers Therapeutic Choir is a choir for people with conditions such as Parkinson disease, stroke and multiple sclerosis. The choir differs from other choirs since the purpose of the singing is about learning to use the voice effectively, in a fun way. Phone (03) 377‑5280.

St John of God Health and Ability Services

Supportive and personalised exercise, thinking and communication groups. These are held every Wednesday afternoon, at 26 Nash Rd, Halswell. Exercise group from 1:15 to 2 pm, refreshments from 2 to 2:30 pm, and thinking and communication group from 2:30 to 3:15 pm. Cost: $5 a session. No need to book – just turn up. Phone Jack on (03) 338‑2009 for more information.

Other services

The Family Services Directory page lists a range of services that may be available to help if you've had a stroke.

What financial help is available?

For information about funding that your GP might be able to use to reduce the cost of your health care, see Funding schemes at your general practice.

To find out about the disability allowance benefit, see Disability allowance for adults.

Transport and parking has information about mobility parking permits, the Total Mobility half-price taxi scheme, and other transport options.

Carers of people who've had strokes may be eligible for Respite Care Services and Carer Support. To get either kind of support, the person who has had a stroke must be assessed by the Needs Assessment Service (NASC).

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed April 2018.

See also:

Community groups for communication difficulties

Disability aids

Getting back into community-based activities

Goal setting after an illness

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