Discharge from hospital, can be a transitional stage for patients where they’re thinking about improving their S+L but also coming to terms with the impact that communication difficulties might have on their lives.
Discussion about the impact of aphasia
How life has changed – links to driving and independence.
Previous employment and job role, and difficult feelings about not being able to return to work due to language difficulties.
Experience of aphasia. Difficulty communicating if noisy or a lot of people in the conversation.
What life is like now – there are still many things that he is able to participate in including hobbies e.g. walking, photography, bird-watching, butterfly records.
Discussion about the impact of aphasia including emotional impact.
Different lifestyle – John no longer working but now doing other things together. Well supported by ESD / community visits – was very busy
Outreach support in community through outpatients and student communication partners. Benefits from structure.
The shock of stroke and impact on the whole family.