• ageing;
  • health;
  • leisure;
  • occupational therapy;
  • stroke

Aim: The purpose of this study was to illuminate the experiences of older adults’ return to leisure activities, following rehabilitation, post-stroke.

Method: A phenomenological approach was used to explore the experiences of re-engaging in leisure occupations post-stroke. In-depth interviews were conducted with five community-dwelling individuals (three men, two women) aged 68–74 years who had experienced a stroke in the past year. Data were analysed using thematic analysis.

Findings: Four themes emerged: (i) Re-engaging in leisure activities, (ii) acceptance of physical limitations post-stroke, (iii) gratitude for help and support and (iv) looking forward to the future.

Conclusion: Implications revealed that post-stroke interventions need a more occupation-focussed approach, including return to leisure at an earlier stage of stroke rehabilitation.