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When you leave hospital, you should have a discharge plan from your stroke team. Your discharge plan covers the practical help and support you might need at home. This might include help at home, such as someone coming in to help you get washed and dressed, advice about financial help or arranging suitable adaptations or equipment for you in your home.
If your stroke was severe, you may need residential or nursing home care rather than being able to return home from hospital.
Aids are things like seating aids for bathing or using the toilet, kitchen equipment and blocks to raise the height of chairs or beds. Adaptations include sloping ramps for wheelchair access, rails and handles to help get up the stairs or steps or sometimes stair lifts. There are many companies that specialise in equipment that can help you cope with day-to-day life. An occupational therapist can advise on what equipment might be best for you and where you can get it if there is anything you have to buy for yourself.
There are also services to help you with travel, benefits and finance. Mobile services may be available that can provide care such as dental visits, hairdressers or chiropodists in your own home.