patients Life after a stroke

Care network

Various care providers may be involved in the care of patients after a cerebral infarction or cerebral hemorrhage.

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Care network

Various care providers may be involved in the care of patients after a cerebral infarction or cerebral hemorrhage. The list below lists most care providers and what they offer, how you can get there, and whether they will be reimbursed. You can find these by region on the zorgzoeker (care search) website.


  • A stroke can have major consequences for your life. This changed life requires adjustments from you and your environment. The outpatient supervisor pays attention to these changes in the situation at home, so that you can continue to function in your familiar environment. An outpatient supervisor remains in contact for a longer period of time and supports you, for example, in social contacts, in the planning of household and administrative tasks, money matters, and contact with institutions. You can also get support in finding suitable work activities or hobbies.

    Referral information: Through your general practitioner, treating specialist, or nursing specialist, you can contact an organization in your area that offers outpatient assistance. You can also contact this kind of organization on your own. The municipality is responsible for the care indication. This is done by means of a “kitchen table talk”. There may be a waiting period for this.

    Fees: The reimbursement for outpatient supervision is made via the municipality.


Work and study

Information about the effects of a stroke on your situation at work or at school.

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Work and study


  • The largest recovery from the effects of a stroke occurs within 3-6 months. Further recovery may occur up to about 2 years after the stroke.
    After 3 months of absence from work, the chance of returning to work slowly decreases.  If you still have severe physical or mental disabilities after 3-6 months, it is important to discuss targeted rehabilitation with your medical team.
    It is also important that rehabilitation is aimed at improving the skills needed for your own work. 

    Denkhulp (information tool)

    The Denkhulp Werk en Chronisch ziek (information tool on work and chronically illness, in Dutch) gives useful information about your rights and obligations. It also provides possible choices for people with a chronic disorder, who are employed and are on long-term sick leave. The Denkhulp (information tool) also provides insight into the effects that different scenarios may have on your income.
     


Aids

If you have had a stroke, you may suffer from symptoms that limit your independence. It may then be easy to use aids for certain actions. Below are some websites that can help you find the right aids.

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Aids

If you have had a stroke, you may suffer from symptoms that limit your independence. It may then be easy to use aids for certain actions. Below are some websites that can help you find the right aids. You may also be eligible, via the municipality, for the purchase of aids or support in this regard. This is done via the WMO (Social Support Act) point of contact of your municipality. This can vary from one municipality to another.


Sports

Do you wish to start excercising (again)? Uniek Sporten is the sports point of contact for all questions concerning sports and movement with a disability.

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Sports

Uniek Sporten (unique sports) is the sports point of contact for all questions concerning sports and movement with a disability.
Do you wonder what opportunities there are in the area for disability sports? Are you looking for
advice about looking for a buddy or, for example, aids? Unique Sporten helps with finding a suitable sport or exercise option. You can look in the sports locator yourself, but the coordinator for adapted sports can also provide you with personalized advice.
 
  • Check out the website of Uniek Sporten (in Dutch) for more information, tips, and sports possibilities in your area.
  • Meet me at the gym (in Dutch) offers a customized sports program for people with brain injury. 
Referral information: You can sign up for a sport of your choice on your own.
 
Fees: You pay the costs for practicing a sport yourself. There are no fees for this. 
 

Sexuality

After a stroke, a lot changes in your life. Your relationship and sex life may also change. Many people do not feel like having intimate contact and intercourse after a stroke as much as they did before the stroke.

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Sexuality

A stroke is a major event for you and your partner. It can have both physical and mental consequences. The consequences of a stroke depend on several factors, including the type of stroke (infarction or hemorrhage) and the location of the stroke.
 
After a stroke, a lot changes in your life. Your relationship and sex life may also change. Many people do not feel like having intimate contact and intercourse after a stroke as much as they did before the stroke.
 
Do you have questions about intimacy and sexuality after a stroke, but do you find it difficult to talk about it? This applies to many patients and their partners. After all, these are subjects that we regard as private and prefer to keep to ourselves. But it can help to discuss the changes in your sexual relationship with each other or to ask for help from a doctor or other specialist.
 
This brochure offers support in this respect (in Dutch).
 

Life insurance for the chronically ill

If you are chronically ill, for example after a stroke, you may encounter many problems taking out a life insurance policy to take out a mortgage, such as a life insurance policy.

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Life insurance for the chronically ill

If you are chronically ill, for example after a stroke, you may encounter many problems taking out a life insurance policy to take out a mortgage, such as a life insurance policy. As a chronically ill person, you often pay more premium than a healthy person. This is due to the acceptance conditions of your insurer.

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  Discuss your situation with the broker. If you are unable to find a solution to this problem, the organization below specializes in mediation when taking out life insurance for chronically ill people:
 
  • ICZ (in Dutch)

Childcare with socio-medical care assessment

In some cases a hemorrage can lead to problems in the care of your children. You may then be eligible for a contribution towards the costs of childcare.

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Childcare with socio-medical care assessment

When people suffer a stroke at a young age, there often is a young family too. Due to the consequences of a cerebral infarction or hemorrhage, this can lead to problems because of the limited strength (fatigue), sensitivity to irritation, and problems with dual-tasking. Sometimes a person can no longer work after a stroke and the partner starts working full time to avoid financial problems.
 
This can lead to problems in the care of your children. You may then be eligible for a contribution towards the costs of childcare. Unfortunately, this is not known to everyone. For more information, please contact your municipality. Read more information here:
 
  • VNG (in Dutch).