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Thursday, 13 January 2011

Post Stroke Support

Post-Stroke care has been in the news this week, with a number of people complaining about the lackof after-care provided by the NHS. Now, although these complaints were aimed mainly towards the physical side of after-care (statistics say that 50,000 people a year are left with disabilities following a stroke) it doesn't take much of a stretch to see that the psychological aftercare maybe in question also!

And then we have to think of the 50,000 people a year left with disabilities after stroke and their psychological well-being.

And the psychological wellbeing of those around them!

Testimonials such as this:
"My wife and I didn't get offered counselling for three years and that's something that needs to be considered more - it's a lot of stress for carers as well as those who have had the stroke."

Show just how the psychological aftercare for stroke victims is far behind what it should be!

The difference in aftercare between Cancer survivors and Stroke Survivors is vastly different:
"After my cancer, the hospitals wrote to me but with my stroke there was nothing."

Perhaps it's just there arn't enough people equipped with the psychological know-how to help stroke survivors? If the Stroke networks find they cannot meet targets for psychological support post-stroke then perhaps they need more people trained in areas that will directly benefit those post-stroke.

Courses such as this from SDS: Psychological Coping Strategies Post Stroke (Certificate Course) provides training for stroke-network staff that can directly benefit stroke survivors.

If you would like to know more contact us through our website: - available as an open course or in-house.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is true not just for stroke victims, but in general. I know people that desperately needed help but had to wait over 6 month for it.

    I guess it shows the lack of resource currently.

    Currently training as a psychotherapist myself, so hopefully I'll be adding to the resources soon enough!


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