Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARs)

5: Common effects of stroke


Staff should be aware of, and be able to recognise, the common effects that a stroke may have on an individual.


To understand the implications these common effects have for their own interaction with that individual.

Benefits to the individual

Individuals will receive input from all members of staff which maintains their safety, dignity and well-being.

The following Core Competencies (6 – 20) refer to some of the specific effects which some people may experience following a stroke. Gaining a better understanding of these will help staff to recognise when a person has had a stoke and to ensure that the person receives the appropriate care.

Common effects of stroke include:

And these may result in:

  • Difficulties with moving and handling and altered safety awareness (see Core Competency 8)
  • Difficulties in carrying out activities of daily living (see Core Competency 9)

As you work your way through these Core Competencies it is important to remember that most people will be affected by a combination of more than one of these effects following a stroke.

To proceed go to ‘View all Competencies

Page last reviewed: 16 Jan 2020