16) What we’ve learned from Kelly and Jean

As Kelly and Jean’s situation shows;

  • Asking for help can be difficult
  • Others don’t always know when we need help – we need to tell them.
  • If we don’t communicate our need for help it can leave us feeling frustrated and neglected
  • If others know we will ask for help when needed:
    • It stops them jumping in too soon
    • It gives them the confidence to allow us to ‘have a go’
  • Good communication is really important

Something to try

  • People tend to need help with a lot of different things after stroke, e.g. talking, housework, getting around, sharing how they are feeling.
  • Is there anything you need help with, but have been afraid to ask?
  • You may find it helpful to explore Talking & Sharing.