Independence doesn’t happen on its own
Stroke strikes every five minutes and is the leading cause of disability in the UK. For many stroke survivors getting their life back on track means overcoming life-changing disabilities and emotional difficulties. This is Julie's story.
The process of rehabilitation starts in hospital and continues at home, at a local clinic and sometimes a rehabilitation hospital ward. Although some people may recover quite quickly, many others will need long-term support to help them regain as much independence as possible.
However, Stroke survivors’ recoveries are being put at risk due to a lack of rehabilitation therapy after they leave hospital. NICE guidelines recommend at least 45 minutes, five days a week of the type of rehabilitation therapy but we have found that figures on the care of stroke survivors across the country show that, on average, they only receive around a third of that. Find out more about our story here.
Face to face services
Our stroke recovery services in Northern Ireland, England and Wales provide support from hospital to home via a desingated coordinator. Last year we provided practical, emotional and physical support to over 57,000 stroke survivors, their carers, families and friends. Our face to face and home visiting services support people to achieve the best possible life after stroke.
Our voluntary led groups provide essential long-term peer support to stroke survivors, carers, family and friends. They provide an opportunity to learn new skills, regain confidence, increase independence and socialise with other individuals who have had similar experiences. Almost 6,000 people are supported by our stroke groups every year. Even though group members pay a small contribution to attend, it costs us approximately £8 per person per session for us to keep our stroke groups running. This is only possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
Our helpline is run purely through donations. It’s freely available for anyone who wants to know more about stroke or find out what help and support is available. We offer information and practical guidance, as well as someone to just talk to. Last year we helped nearly 15,000 people but recent data shows we are only able to answer 70% of calls, so we know we need to do more.
Factsheets and leaflets
Our information leaflets and factsheets are for anyone affected by stroke. Every year, many thousands of people turn to our guides for the most up-to-date knowledge and expertise to help them with their lives after stroke. Our information is created by leading experts and is available in print, audio and online.
In addition to our website, our online stroke support tool, My Stroke Guide is available 24/7. With easy-to-read information, advice and videos it explains everything you need to know after a stroke. The chat forum can connect you to our online community so you can find out how others manage their recovery.
You can donate to help a stroke survivor regain their independence as your donations help fund our services. If you are a stroke survivor or carer then there are hundreds of support services available across the UK, find one in your area today.