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Supporting those Caring for Stroke Survivors

There is recognition that carers and families are always affected by stroke:

‘even patients who seem to be relatively unaffected by stroke may need a lot of care because they can’t do the things that they used to do.’

Carers’ Group

These meetings are specifically for carers giving them a chance to meet informally with other carers on a regular basis.  Many carers say much of their support and information comes from other carers.

“It’s good to hear how others manage their problems and speak to carers who know what it’s like to be a stroke carer.”

This can be especially so for carers new to a role they did not expect to have to undertake.  The impact of stroke on the stroke survivor is just as great on the carer, it is important that neither feels alone with a stroke.

Carers’ Outings

With funding from the Colchester Catalyst Charity we are offering daily respite in the form of outings for carers.  All costs for each event are covered including replacement care costs for the stroke survivor.

Our trip to Papermill Lock on the 23rd August 2017 proved to be a very enjoyable day out.  We hired the Victoria barge for our exclusive use, and cruised along the unspoilt Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation waterways.  Refreshments and a buffet style lunch were served on board during the leisurely cruise.  Transport to and from the venue was provided by air-conditioned coach.

Our Christmas Lunch on the 6th December at Franco’s Italian Restaurant, Clacton, also proved to be very enjoyable.  The food was absolutely superb.  Door to door transport was provided by Westons Mini-buses and taxis, and as usual all costs were met by TSSS, including replacement care costs.

Our last trip will be a Spa Day Event to Prested Hall on the 28th March 2018.  Again, door to door transport will be provided.

For new members to our Carers’ Group, we wanted you to know that we have been organizing the carers’ events for some time now and our carers tell us how enjoyable and beneficial they are. The events are all expenses paid trips for you to enjoy and our way of recognizing the important part you play in looking after your loved one. Being a carer for a stroke survivor is unique to each individual and can feel lonely and isolating, and is often difficult for family and friends to understand what it is like. Remember that your own health is important, and making sure you get some time for yourself is essential. We are happy to help alleviate any concerns you may have in connection with participating in the carers’ events, especially if an earlier start or later finish to one of the planned events has prevented you from participating in the past. We would also welcome any suggestions for future events. If you do have any concerns or matters you wish to raise, we would love to hear from you as it will assist us when planning future events.

All of our events include travel to and from the event venue, whether it be from our premises by coach or door to door transport by mini-bus. The full cost of the day will be met by Tendring Specialist Stroke Services, including any replacement care costs.

It would be so nice to have more carers benefiting from our events and meetings, which include increased self-confidence, sharing of information about the effects of stroke and ways of coping with difficulties, and the support of others who have had similar experiences. There is absolutely nothing to lose….just a great deal to gain.

Please contact; Rosemary Garrey or Karen Mills on tel. nos. 01255 815905 for more information.

 

Office: 85 Frinton Road, Holland on Sea, Essex CO15 5UH. Tel: 01255 815905 e-mail: info@tendringstroke.org.uk
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