So sorry to learn of Mums having a stroke. Do say hello to her from me. I was 68 when a stroke bit me and now three years and three months later I drive, cook, vacuum, garden and even do a little voluntary work.
Every stroke is different, although we have many common issues.
A few factors:
Mum will soon be medically fit. Good starter.
She will need close monitoring for one month. Hospital, other facility or home, but close monitoring. After one month the likelihood of another stroke etc reduces a lot.
Do start a stroke diary, preferably written by Mum, but if needs be by you. Just factual notes of how she is. You will find this a big help.
Do get a copy of her discharge letter (written by a hospital doctor and sent to her GP). It will give her exact diagnosis and she will need that over the next months and years.
Mum will have an excessive fear of a second stroke. This is instinct and doesnt mean she is going to have a stroke.
Do get the stroke association information pack. It contains leaflets on various common stroke effects. Probably available from the hospital, or your GP or you can ask the SA direct. These leaflets will be a good source of info for you as well as Mum.
Post trauma shock is likely. Counselling is a very good help, must be someone trained/experienced in stroke.
Its good that Mum is due to go to a rehab facility. Very good. She must be recovering well to warrant that.
As my friends have mentioned, recovery can take any amount of time. I confirm that a lot of recovery is in the first three months. Good recovery also is had in the first two years. But its never too late for some recovery.
Can I politely suggest that she hasnt really had a minor stroke. A stroke is a stroke. There isnt much "minor" about what has happened to Mum.
I will mention what happened to me in week one but do not assume it will be like that for mum.
I was 90% paralysed. Speech was slow and agony. But I could eat and wanted to eat. On day 3 I awoke and, with five physios around me, I walked out the ward.I regard this as a miracle and I felt guilty because everyone else on the ward could not walk.
I was home in 5 days and was provided with a team who visited my home 5 days a week for six weeks. I live in an ideal bungalow and my wife was very keen to take me on (silly girl!). I had an intense willpower for recovery.
I also acquried a habit to write far too much so I will shut up now.
Mums not alone, lots if us are here.
Mum should smile four times a day.