Ask Jim how the stroke has affected his daily life
Jim tells you about the many ways the stroke has affected his life but in particular he says he really misses not be able to play bowls any more. He gets quite upset about this as it was an important part of his social life prior to his stroke and something he and Mary enjoyed doing together.
Find the best option to move forward in this section:
Offer to speak to the Bowling Club?
The bowling club indicate they would welcome Jim back.
Do you …
- Explore with him the reasons why he thinks he cannot play bowls
- Say “Unfortunately, that is the effect of your stroke”
Click into one of these options to find out what happens.
Explore with him the reasons why he thinks he cannot play bowls?
This is a good idea as it allows you to understand the effects of stroke on his daily life.
Jim explains in a long discussion that there are a number of changes which affect his ability to play bowls such as:
- Balancing on the bowling green
- Driving to the bowling club
- Feeling embarrassed in front of others about the changes which have occurred as a result of his stroke
- Jim is unable to play a whole game of bowls due to his fatigue
Well done, with Jim’s help you have identified the reasons why he feels he can no longer play bowls. However, you now need to assist Jim in working out how to progress from here.
It is important that Jim is involved and engaged in these discussions as this will ensure the best outcome and maintain Jim’s autonomy in making his own choices.
Continue here: Helping Jim to move forward
Say “Unfortunately, that is the effect of your stroke”?
Stroke can affect a person’s ability to perform daily activities such as bowling.
However bowling was an important aspect of Jim’s life, and he does not accept this.
Try another option.
Distract or ignore him, it is not relevant
Bowling may not be relevant to your involvement with Jim. However, you need to consider the importance of bowling to Jim.
Try another option.
Page last reviewed: 22 Jan 2020