Resources for Patients and Families

Stroke can be life-changing, and you may notice changes in how you move, your memory, or your emotions, depending on which part of the brain the stroke affected.

Changes may include:

  • Shorter attention span
  • Difficulty making voluntary movements
  • Reduced field of vision
  • Trouble seeing colors
  • Difficulty reading and writing
  • Trouble understanding spoken words
  • Lack of hand-eye coordination
  • Trouble with balance or movement

Read more about how stroke may impact you or your loved one in our Guide to Understanding Stroke.

Some of these issues may improve over time and with rehabilitation. It’s critical to begin therapy as soon as possible after a stroke. Mercy’s physical medicine and rehabilitation experts specialize in caring for patients who’ve had a stroke. 

Begin Your Stroke Recovery

Find a physical therapy location near you.


In addition to your physical recovery, it’s also important to focus on your emotional well-being. We recommend participating in a support group. A support group provides fellowship, encouragement and education on stroke-recovery resources available.

Mercy offers a stroke support group on the fourth Thursday of every month at Mercy Hospital Springfield. For times, location and more information, call 417.820.3896. If you’re unable to join us in person, you can be part of our online support group through Facebook. We consider it an honor and privilege to be part of your recovery journey.

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