Blake has been home from hospital for six months after a stroke that affected his right side. He has been treated for right arm weakness and right leg weakness (hemiparesis) and for a right facial droop. Blake is communicating much better but still has difficulty speaking in full sentences (aphasia). He understands when his friends and family speak to his.
Blake is walking with a quad cane and his balance is improving. He no longer needs help when walking indoors but he would like to get better at walking outdoors. Blake uses his right arm and hand for activities such as washing and dressing but still finds the hand is clumsy and he tires easily when using it. He has some assistive devices at home but he would like to see what else is available to make life easier.
He has days when he is depressed, especially because he gave up many of his leisure and sports activities after the stroke. People have been encouraging his to start an aerobic exercise class and to use mirror therapy and constraint induced therapy for his arm. It is also time to resume his leisure activities or to find new ones that will provide pleasure.