“ The Stroke Association funds research into the prevention of stroke, its treatment, and into better methods of rehabilitation „
Until recently I never gave a thought to strokes and indeed had never heard of The Stroke Association. However, all that changed when my mother had a severe stroke and was rushed into hospital. To see a formerly hale and hearty, intelligent woman reduced to little more than a mind trapped in a half-useless body is not a pleasant experience.
After the initial A&E and Assessment wards, my mother was moved to a specialist Stroke ward in the hospital and one of the first visitors was Sally, a Family Support and Care Co-ordinator from the Stroke Association. The Family Support and Care Co-ordinator Service is the part of the Stroke Association which deals directly with the stroke patient and their family to offer advice and guidance on dealing with the aftereffects of this most traumatic of experiences.
Sally spoke directly to my mother, treating her as a sentient human being, rather than talking over her as had been the case with the medical staff. She told my mother roughly what would be happening to her over the next few weeks and months and also left a selection of brochures for us to read which explained how strokes happen, how to help reduce the risk of having a stroke and rehabilitation after the stroke, as well as details of the Stroke Association and the local services provided for stroke patients.
It is a great comfort to know that help and advice is available at the end of a telephone and that we will have a local single contact throughout the long and protracted road to my mother's recovery.
From being in complete ignorance of this excellent group, I now cannot sing their praises highly enough. They have explained more clearly than the medical staff the process of stroke recovery and have provided a much needed lifeline to the entire family. More than that, they have given us hope that we can come back from this and that although my mother's life has changed for ever, she has a future which will be as fulfilling as her past.
Details of all the excellent work carried out by the Stroke Association can be found on their website at www.stroke.org.uk.