Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARs)


The impact of Stroke

Jim has had a stroke affecting the right side of his body.  He has impaired cognition and fatigue, resulting in changes to his behaviour and mood.

For more information on cognition and behaviour visit Core Competency: 16

For more information on mood and emotions visit Core Competency: 17

Emotions – Stroke may cause a person to become emotional and feel anxious, tearful or depressed. This may effect their ability to:

  • Engage in daily life
  • Catch up and interact with friends and family
  • Return to work

Stroke can also result in changes to a person’s personality such as anger, frustration and impatience. These can all have a significant effect on everyday activities and also make it challenging for families/carers/friends to interact with the person.

For more information on this topic visit Core Competency 17: Emotions

Vision – Stroke can affect vision impacting on daily activities such as:

  • Reading the newspaper
  • Watching TV
  • Driving
  • Not being able to go out on your own – safety

For more information on this topic visit Core Competency 11: Change in Vision

Limb weakness – Stroke can cause limb weakness and sensory loss. This can impact on daily activities such as:

  • Cutting up food
  • Getting around
  • Driving a car
  • Cooking a meal

For more information on this topic visit Core Competency 7: Limb weakness

Balance – Stroke can affect balance impacting on activities of daily life such as:

  • Sitting at the table
  • Standing at the sink

For more information on this topic visit Core Competency 8: Moving, Handling and Safety

Communication – Stroke can affect communication, such as:

  • Using the telephone
  • Talking to others
  • Unable to understand the spoken word
  • Reading & writing

For more information on this topic visit Core Competency 12: Communication

Cognition and Perception – Stroke can impact on cognition and perception, such as:

  • Handling money
  • Planning a holiday
  • Driving

For more information on this topic visit Core Competency 16: Thinking, processes and behaviour

Sensory – Stroke can affect the senses:

  • Personal safety-cannot feel hot/cold objects etc
  • Hearing
  • Taste
  • Smell
  • Not being able to go out on your own – safety

More information on sensory issues following stroke is available in other STARs Core Competencies.

Page last reviewed: 17 Oct 2020