Travel and leisure

Planning to get back to travelling and other leisure activities is a key goal stroke survivors often set for themselves.

When travelling, it is a good idea to have travel insurance, particularly when going overseas. If you have had a stroke, it is important that you declare this to your insurance company. You should check that you are fully covered as many policies will exclude pre-existing medical conditions. It can be difficult getting insurance for a pre-existing condition, but stroke survivors have reported success with Covermore and Apia.

Age and a previous stroke can increase your risk of developing a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis) when flying. Discuss your individual risk with your GP or neurologist prior to flying. Discuss any special requirements with your airline. You may need assistance getting around the airport or you may be travelling with equipment. If you need medication, pack some in your hand luggage in case your bag gets lost or if any unexpected delays. It is also a good idea to take a letter from your doctor stating what your medication is and why you need it.

When booking holiday accommodation, consider how accessible it is. You might need lift or ramp access to the room and common areas, as well as enough room to move easily within the hotel room. Check that bathrooms have step-free access and rails.

Getting back to hobbies and interests, and  exploring new ones, will motivate you in your recovery. If your stroke has left you with physical limitations, an occupational therapist can help you get back to doing things you enjoy. There are aids that can help with almost any activity. There are aids to help knitting, quilting. reading and gardening.

If you are looking for inspiration, many community centres and neighbourhood houses run low cost activities, sports groups and courses that you might like to join. Men’s sheds are also a great way to get active and meet like-minded blokes. 

You might want to get back to travelling.

You might want do other things you enjoy.

Having goals like this can help you get better.

Travel insurance

Get travel insurance.

Tell the insurance company you have had a stroke.

A stroke is a pre-existing condition.

It can be hard to get insurance with a pre-existing condition.

Make sure you are fully covered.

Some people use Covermore and Apia.

These insurance companies may have better policies for stroke survivors.

Air travel

Talk you your doctor about flying.

You might be at risk of a blood clot while flying.

This is called deep vein thrombosis.

Ask the airline for help getting around the airport.

If you need medicine, take some in your hand luggage.

That way, if your bag gets lost you will still have some.

Take a letter from your doctor about your medicine.

This letter will say what your medicine is and what it is for.

Booking places to stay

Find a place to stay that has a lift or ramp.

Make sure there is enough space for you to get around in the room.

Check the bathrooms have rails and no steps.

Hobbies and interests

An occupational therapist can help you get back to what you like to do.

There are aids that can help with almost any activity.

There are aids to help you with knitting, quilting, reading and gardening.

Community centres and neighbourhood houses run cheap activities

Men’s sheds are a great way to get active and meet like-minded men.

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