Thousands of people suffer from strokes every year in Essex. They can have life-changing consequences for those affected by them, as well as for their family and carers. You can read more on our page about Strokes.
There is an impressive range of support services in Essex for people affected by a stroke, including recovery services, counselling, exercise groups, speech therapy and social groups. There is also a great deal of advice, information and support available to carers of people affected by a stroke.
This page will guide you through all of the support available to your relative and yourself in Essex.
Essex Stroke Support Services
NHS Stroke Services
NHS stroke services are provided across the county. You can find more information by area below:
Mid & South Essex NHS Trust
Stroke care is co-ordinated across three hospitals in this region: Basildon Hospital, Broomfield Hospital and Southend Hospital. More information on what care each of these offer can be found on the Mid & South Essex NHS Trust website.
The NHS also offers a stroke recovery service called The Community Stroke Service to those living in Southend, Rochford, Rayleigh and Castlepoint.
East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Trust
For North Essex, stroke care is provided from Colchester Hospital, you can find out more information on the care services available through the East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Trust website.
The Stroke Association is a national charity that often works with local county councils to provide services, support and signposting for their residents who have experienced a stroke. In addition to organising community support groups, the Stroke Association also runs two stroke services on behalf of Essex County Council.
Mid-Essex and West Essex Stroke Recovery Service
The Stroke Recovery Service, provided by the Stroke Association, offers support, information and advice for stroke survivors, their families and carers of people affected by a stroke. As part of the service, they can provide home visits and telephone support, as well as helping you with funding and benefits. They can also signpost you to local leisure and social activities for people affected by a stroke.
They will also be able to provide information, support and advice to carers of people who have suffered from a stroke. For more details, follow the link below to whichever service is most suitable to you.
Stroke Association Services in Colchester
Headway Essex Stroke Support Services
Headway Essex support adults living in Essex who have an Acquired Brain Injury, which includes strokes. They provide support in the community, regardless of where in Essex you live and specialist day opportunities and rehabilitation activities from their hubs in Colchester and Benfleet.
The Headway Essex Support Line on 01206 845945 is completely free and available for your relative or you to call. Their community support team can offer practical and emotional support and advice to help you and your family adjust to life following the stroke. They also run carer support groups across Essex.
Tendring Specialist Stroke Services
Tendring run activities for people affected by a stroke in order to help them learn new skills and work on communication. They also have a dedicated Carers and Family Support Service, understanding the impact that stroke can have on carers as well.
Harlow Stroke Support and Rehab Services
Harlow Stroke Support and Rehab Services (HSSRS) can help your relative with support, advice and information for Stroke Survivors and their carers. They run weekly social groups, as well as providing assistance with paperwork, acquiring funding and key support for carers of people affected by a stroke.
Stroke Support Groups in Essex
Support groups can be a great resource for people affected by stroke, giving them the chance to speak to and enjoy the company of people in a similar situation. Often there are experts on hand who can provide information and answers to any questions they might have. Some support groups focus on specific rehabilitation exercises, such as developing communication or stroke-friendly exercise.
There are also support groups for carers, who may find comfort in discussing their shared experiences and giving advice to one another.
Stroke Social Support Groups in Essex
These social support groups are a great way of meeting people, having fun and taking part in activities designed for people affected by a stroke. They include quizzes, bingo, arts and crafts, as well as exercises. These groups can often serve as a chance to speak to health professionals or to be signposted to other services.
Find your nearest Stroke Social Support Group below:
Stroke Communication Support Groups in Essex
Some people who have suffered from strokes develop difficulties with language and communication. These social groups can help people to feel comfortable about how they communicate and develop their ability to speak in a comforting and safe environment.
Stroke Exercise Groups in Essex
Exercise is important for stroke survivors, as it has been found to help promote cognitive recovery and reduce the risk of another stroke. The groups listed below provide exercises that are developed to be appropriate for people affected by a stroke.
It is worth noting that some of the social support groups above also incorporate exercise into their activities.
Stroke Carer Support Groups in Essex
Being a carer to somebody affected by a stroke can pose its own unique difficulties. The Headway carer support group is in place specifically to support people who are carers to those affected by strokes or other brain injuries in Essex. There are also other excellent Carer Support Groups in Essex that will be able to support you in your caring role.