Back to work

The effects of a stroke can create particular challenges if you were previously working. This can have a big impact on your life in terms of earning a living and your role in your family and in society.

Try to stay realistic about returning to work and don't take on too much too soon. Tiredness and cognitive issues such as memory loss and difficulty concentrating can mean going back to your old job might not be possible or suitable for you any more.

The first step is to speak honestly with your employer so that you do not put yourself under too much pressure. They can then consider making changes to your role or to your workplace if possible. For example, you might be able to work part-time or with a reduced workload.

Many people do make a success of returning to work. But don't be too hard on yourself if things don't work out they way you want them to or exactly as they were before your stroke. Some people see it as an opportunity to try something else, work from home or take up a new challenge.

If you have any questions about returning to work, call our Advice Line Nurses on 0808 801 0899. A Disability Employment Adviser at your local job centre can also advise on careers or retraining if this is the best option for you.