Having a stroke can dramatically change life for the survivor and their families. Knowing that there are recovery and support groups in place to ease this time can be really comforting. This article will look at what is available across Buckinghamshire along with contact details you need to get started.
The council can also provide social care support to stroke survivors, providing that they have had a care needs assessment. For more information please see how to book a care needs assessment in Buckinghamshire.
Another thing to consider if you are worried about a stroke happening again is purchasing a personal alarm.
Buckinghamshire Stroke Support Services
Early Discharge Stroke Service
Up to 6 weeks post-stroke
Support within the first 6 weeks is provided by Buckinghamshire Healthcare’s Early Discharge Stoke Service team. Their aim is to help patients who have had a recent stroke to return home from hospital as soon as possible. The team supports you with ongoing care and rehabilitation after you have been discharged and make sure the appropriate equipment and support is in place. The team consists of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists. Over the course of up to 6 weeks, they will assist in creating a treatment plan based on specialist assessment and your rehabilitation goals.
For more information regarding the service please see the Buckinghamshire NHS Trust Stroke Patient Service page.
Bucks Stroke Support Service
6-12 months post stroke
The Bucks Stroke Support service is set up to provide practical advice, information and emotional support following a stroke. The service is provided by the Stroke Association – the largest charity in the UK supporting those affected by a stroke.
Co-ordinated support is provided for an individual’s stroke journey through different means. This includes home visits, regular telephone calls and help with returning to routine. A 12 month review establishes if there are any health, medical or social needs that are still unmet by the end of the service. To access the Bucks Stroke Support Service, one has to be registered with a Buckinghamshire GP.
Stroke Support Groups in Buckinghamshire
Amersham Stroke Support Group
The main aim of the Amersham Stroke Support Group is to help local people adapt to life after a stroke. Through peer support, members improve confidence and gain independence. Members enjoy social activities such as games and talks given by guest speakers.
The Chiltern Stroke Club
A friendly and supportive, voluntarily run, self-help group for all stroke survivors and their families in the area. The club places strong emphasis on exercise and making positive progress through activities.
Carers are also welcome and invited to access support through participation in meals, outings, games and holidays.
Holmer Green Stroke Club
Holmer Green Stroke Support welcomes membership from people whose communication has been affected by stroke, in the local area. The group provides information and peer support to survivors and carers. Recreational and social activities are on offer. This includes games, baking, music, conversation, communication support, exercise sessions and talks.
- Where? Christ Church, Featherbed Lane, Holmer Green, High Wycombe, HP15 6XQ
- Telephone: 01494 812162 (Mary Coker)
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Pheonix Stroke Club, Marlow
Marlow Stroke Club welcomes membership from local people affected by a stroke. The groups provides a space for social interaction where members can play games, enjoy refreshments and do group physiotherapy.
- Where? Marlow Age Concern, 38 Glade Road, Marlow, SL7 1DH
- Telephone: 01628 318995 (Sheila Stephens)
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Totteridge Stroke Support Group
Totteridge Stroke Support Group welcomes membership from people affected by aphasia, who struggle to communicate vocally, after stroke in the South Bucks area. The group provides information, peer support and group activities.