Stroke

Most of the emphasis for patients about Stroke are on prevention – following a healthy lifestyle, reducing weight, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol, taking more exercise, etc, so using websites like the NHS: Live well site will be useful.

The Stroke association has information about stroke and about support available to help patients and their families following a stroke.

Flo can help by sending messages reminding patients about making lifestyle changes; Flo can also remind patients to take their medication, which may help in the post- stroke recovery period, when memory loss and depression can cause patients’ lives to become more disorganised.

The Manage Your Health app, created by Keele University, the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network and Stoke-on-Trent CCG which is free to download, has useful information about stroke, which patients can have on their smartphone.

There is also a website which recommends NHS health apps which it has assessed particularly for neurological conditions, and includes apps to help with aphasia, and exercises while sitting.

These apps might be helpful:

Wearable technology, such as Fitbits, or even simpler pedometers can help motivate people to change their lifestyle.

Patients may be reviewed by video consultation, such as Skype, where appropriate. See more information about Skype in ‘TECS in Use

Health messages can be publicised on an open Facebook page, with YouTube videos or animations capturing the interest of people who may not usually respond to posters or leaflets. Linking with other community Facebook pages can also increase the wider uptake of health messages that you want to publicise