Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital is a 488-bed acute care U.S. hospital located in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. It is Miami-Dade County’s only Catholic hospital and is a recipient of the MAGNET award.

Learning to Live After a Stroke

Getting emergency care as quickly as possible is key for surviving a stroke. The emergency care team at Mercy Hospital urges our neighbors to become familiar with the warning signs of stroke and to call 911 if these symptoms develop. However, surviving a stroke is only the first step in a long road to recovery. Stroke survivors can expect intensive rehabilitation sessions with their therapists. Along with regaining functional abilities, stroke survivors may need to learn how to do daily tasks differently.


Grooming presents a major problem for many stroke survivors, since these routines require precise movements and manipulation of small objects. To make your grooming routine easier, consider asking your hair stylist for a low maintenance “wash and wear” style. An electric shaver can reduce the risk of nicks compared to a razor blade. If you have trouble removing caps and lids, consider keeping these objects on the bathroom counter with their lids permanently removed or loosened. Use floss picks or a water flosser, which only require one hand. Your occupational therapist may have other suggestions for your unique needs, such as mounted nail clippers for one-handed use.


Consider altering your wardrobe to make it easier for you to get dressed independently. Clothing with Velcro closures, elastic waistbands, and snaps may be easier to manage. Place your affected leg or arm into the clothing item first before placing your unaffected leg or arm into it. Get undressed in reverse; take out your unaffected limb first, followed by the affected limb.


Cleaning may require alternative tools, such as long-handled dusters, long-handled squeegees, and mops with disposable cleaning pads. As much as possible, break your tasks into small steps and focus on doing one step at a time. Take breaks as needed and sit down while cleaning whenever possible.

If you or someone else could be experiencing a stroke in the Miami area, please call 911 without delay for rapid transportation to the Emergency Department at Mercy Hospital. We are a Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission and we offer intensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. For general healthcare information, you can speak with a registered nurse at (305) 854-4400.

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