How Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy can help you or your loved one after having a Stroke

"A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens

when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off."


"Stroke strikes every five minutes, 100,000 people have strokes each year.

There are 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK."

(Stroke Association)

There is a lot of support available after having a Stroke.

Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy are two forms of Therapy available.

We will explore what each Therapy can offer to help you to understand the help

available to you or your loved one.


What can Occupational Therapy offer to help Stroke survivors?


  • Person-centred assessment  - gathering information about your ability and your home environment.
  • Setting realistic goals together - such as being able to get dressed without assistance.
  • Interventions to improve function - such as dressing whilst sitting on the edge of the bed promotes sitting balance and trunk control. These help to maintain the position required to stand up and pull up lower garments.
  • Body Schema Disorder - interventions such as mirror-work can help
  • Psychological support - empathy and listening without judgement is offered.
  • Therapy in the community -  re-gaining functional ability can take time and practice.
  • Home adaptations - adapting the home can make it more accessible, such as fitting grab rails, ramp, or building a wetroom
  • Specialist equipment - can help you to access the toilet, shower or bath and bed.


Meaningful fun activity to promote functional ability

Sophia Dickinson Occupational Therapist, Home Independence Occupational Therapy Ltd

Sophia is an Occupational Therapist with:
  • Full UK state registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC, registration number OT36907).
  • A member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).
  • Available on the RCOT directory of recommended professionals and I embrace their professional code of conduct.
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance as well as professional indemnity insurance.
Telephone 07341265564 for a FREE consultation or email via


What can Physiotherapy offer to help Stroke survivors?


  • Assessment of abilities
  • Rehabilitation - enables people to relearn lost abilities and regain independence.
Intervention can include:
  • Integrated endurance & strength training
  • Exercises incorporating balance and weight-shifting


Sarah Patrick Physiotherapist, SJP Physio & Rehab

Sarah is a Physiotherapist at SJP Physio and Rehab. Sarah is a fully qualified chartered physiotherapist with a passion in elderly care, including stroke rehab and post hospital discharge.
Sarah is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and offers:
  • Over 10 years experience as a Physiotherapist in community hospitals in elderly care, post stroke and musculoskeletal.
  • Musculoskeletal assessments and treatments, post stroke rehab, post hospital discharge (post COVID rehab included), orthopaedic rehab and elderly care rehab.
  • An example of the support I offer can be explained in this example:
I am currently helping a female in her 70’s. She’s been struggling with chronic back pain for years but lately it has proven to be making walking and moving much harder. I’ve been seeing her for only 3 weeks and already she and her family are noticing a massive difference.
I’ve been working on posture, stretches and hands on treatment to relax her tight muscles and mobilise her stiff joints. She’s walking and moving with more ease and is really understanding the importance of keeping active and being aware of how she is holding herself.


My passion is working with stroke survivors. Having a stroke can be very debilitating and have a massive effect on your physical and mental wellbeing but staying as active as you can is the most important thing you can do.
I’ve worked with many stroke survivors and I know how difficult it can be but if you stay strong and positive you will improve.
Doing exercise in any form has proven many great outcomes for so many stroke survivors. I am so passionate about helping you, especially in these very strange times. Please get in touch via telephone 07811374304 for a chat and hopefully I can help you to reach your goals.


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