A stroke survivor often times experiences consequences that require rehabilitation, intensive after-care and a demanding regimen in order to recover. (Read more in the article “What are the options for stroke rehabilitation?” to find out about after stroke treatment). However, it can also lead to permanent disability. Disability after stroke may manifest as inability to perform work, profound functional limitations or even in paralysis, with the need of a wheelchair. As such, a stroke survivor is often times in the need for stroke support, emotionally, physically and financially.
Depending on the case, a stroke patient’s health condition may be tolerable. Yet they can experience limitations that significantly influence their ability to perform work and go about in daily life. This can cause anxiety and fears about the future, and worrying about becoming a burden to loved ones, which is often accompanied by shame or other negative emotions. To reduce your fears, it is possible to seek social support from your country. Most offer disability support, social security benefit or pension, depending on the country and your personal case.
The Financial Costs of a Stroke
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that strokes cost $34 billion per year in the U.S. This amount includes medical procedures, prescription medications, healthcare services and lost work hours for all adults affected annually.
When it comes to a stroke patient’s costs, these constitute diagnosis and initial treatment costs, and depending on the severity of the case, long-term rehabilitation and treatment costs. Also, costs associated with not being able to perform a job again.
Costs may include:
- Rehabilitation and other healthcare services
- Modifying your home or purchasing mobility assistance or other adaptive-living devices or equipment.
- If necessary, health or residential nursing facility care
Some patients may also require home health or residential nursing facility care.
Coping with the consequences of stroke can be difficult. If you had a stroke, you and your family may suddenly experience financial struggles, especially if you are no longer able to work or need to buy specialist equipment. However, financial help is available in most countries. Many people are not aware that they can get help, or are not claiming all the support they may be entitled to. Therefore, make sure to find out about and take advantage of the financial and social stroke support resources your country offers. This may significantly lower the burden you and your loved experience.
You may find that Vigo is a fitting tool for you to help you recover from stroke. The advantage of Vigo as a digital therapy tool for stroke survivors is that it is much cheaper and much more accessible than regular rehabilitation and therapy services. Read more about Vigo in the website.
Social security and disability support
Social security administration benefits in the US
If you are among the 75% of stroke survivors who suffers from stroke after effects, you may be unable to handle your daily chores and tasks, let alone work. While some patients only experience after effects on a short term basis, others are left with permanent consequences. If you suffer from permanent, irreversible disability, you may be eligible for Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits.
For those with permanent of long-term impairments: you may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. To qualify for disability benefits after a stroke, your condition must meet the SSA’s prerequisites, outlined in the SSA’s Blue Book.
For those who may be able to work again: The SSA has a trial work period for disability claimants during which they are able to determine whether they are able to get back into the workforce. During this trial period, you will not be at risk of losing disability benefits.
Read more in SSA website.
Stroke support resources in other countries
In the UK: https://www.stroke.org.uk/
In the EU: https://www.safestroke.eu/
In Canada: www.canadianstroke.ca
In Australia: https://strokefoundation.org.au/About-Stroke/Help-after-stroke/Support-near-you
Life after stroke can be difficult in many ways. But it is important that you seek support and you may find that the resources available to you can help you deal with stroke after effects significantly. There are stroke groups and organizations in most countries, state support and benefits available as well as other stroke support resources.