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Washing, bathing, dressing, cooking and feeding

A stroke can cause difficulty with washing and other activities of daily living in many different ways. In addition to obvious loss of strength in the arms and legs, visuospatial and cognitive deficits can make these activities of daily living difficult.

Occupational therapists assess problems and may have to inspect the patients house, bathroom and kitchen to suggest solutions. Therapy such as washing and dressing practice is given to try and help these impairments.

Adaptations and aids may be required for patients to enable them to go home. Grab rails for the bathroom, bath stools and bath boards may be required. Kitchen aids and the provision of ready prepared meals are possible solutions.