Stroke Care

"What is stroke? What are the chances for survival? And what can I do? You need answers to your many questions…"

Patricia Neal with a stroke family member

Patricia Neal with a stroke family member

With these words PATRICIA NEAL, Oscar-winning actress and celebrated stroke survivor, introduces:


A Guideline for Stroke Families

"It will make a major difference in the healing
process. An outstanding, life-saving video."

--Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal, celebrated stroke survivor, guides us through this video to understand stroke and its effects on both patient and family. Beginning in acute care, caregivers learn what they can do to promote patient recovery and family well-being.

"Ms. Neal's presentation is not only a prescription for recovery, it is a triumphant inspiration for others."

Disabilities Digest

Healthy couple on bike

Topics include:

  • Speech impairment / how to communicate
  • Patient transfers / how to assist movement
  • Emotional disturbance / what to do
  • Disorientation / how to help
  • Family well-being / staying well
  • Questions to ask your doctor

Shown in over 3,000 hospitals in the US and Canada. Endorsed by the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, and produced in co-operatiob with the Stroke Division of the American Heart Association.

Read the Reviews:

"This is stellar work! I have never seen such a caring yet informative work. Extraordinary."

-- James Toole, MD
Past President, American Neurological Association

"Moving and brilliantly done. I can't say enough good things about this video."

-- Jan Frye-Pierson, BSN, CNRN
Co-author: Stroke, Guide for Patient & Family

"A superb and comprehensive work that should be required viewing for anyone; professional of layperson, who deals with or knows a stroke victim. Don't miss this one!"

-- J. Westbrook
Festival Co-ordinator: American Society on Ageing Media Festival

"The Foundation endorses this video as a valuable part of a comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program."

-- Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

"Ms. Neal's presentation is an inspiration in itself. A wonderfully informative and touching film."

-- The Stroke Monitor

"I am ecstatic about this film. Far superior to any other stroke material available."

Nancy Sinelkoff, Dir.
Stroke Outreach Services, Los Angeles

"Riveting, simply riveting."

Jan Hollowell
Family viewer, Santa Barbara

"A gem! It's a fine resource for families and professionals. I was touched by the whole production."

Phillip Newman MD PC
Los Alamos Medical Ctr. Los Alamos, NM

"Remarkable... poignant... effective... superbly illustrated. A great deal of information... that never bores the viewer. This is one of those circumstances in which modern production techniques have produced a teaching tool that would be difficult to replicate in any other way."

American Speech-Language Hearing Assoc.

"Terrific film. Will become a classic in its field."

Thomas R. Price, MD, Editorial Board
Stroke, Journal of American Heart Association

"Families in crisis... are often overwhelmed with feelings of guilt and helplessness. Your video offers hope and compassion to support families in coming together and helping each other. Thank you."

Jenny Robinson
Roper Hospital, Inc., Charleston

"Judged the best film/video produced for training health professionals, para-professionals, and other caregivers."

Nat. Educational Film & Video Festival

"Excellent. A genuine contribution. I plan to use it not only in our clinic but in my classes."

Leonard LaPointe, PhD
Chair, Speech & Hearing Sciences
Arizona State University

"I have reviewed this video and think our VA clinicians will find it very helpful."

Allen Boysen, Dir.
Audio and Speech Pathology
Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Washington DC

"I recently returned from Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville where my father is recovering from a stroke. I was fortunate enough to view your video with Patricia Neal. The movie was inspiring, moving and very educational. The hospital would not part with their copy. How may I buy or otherwise obtain a copy of this great video so the rest of my family can view it???"

Dan McClung
Waleska, GA

"An enlightening program. The value of humor and compassion is stressed in this supportive program."

Booklist, Journal of American Library Association

"Every hospital, rehab center, nursing home, and family services department should have a copy of this sensitive and poweful video."

Prof. Lynne Benzing MA, OTR/L, FAOTA
The Gerontologist

"This inspiring video presents an educated and optimistic view of the impact of a stroke on patients and their families. Although the video is directed toward family members, there is valuable information for patients and healthcare workers"

Joan McMahon BSN, RN, CRRN
Rehabilitation Nursing

"The Healing Influence is an excellent and valuable resource, not only for the families of stroke survivors, but also for all health professionals who work with them, including physicians, speech and physical therapists, social workers, and health educators, as well as students in these professions."

Disabilities Digest