Bristol After Stroke
Who we are
Bristol After Stroke
When stroke strikes act FAST – but when you’re discharged form hospital or rehab you face the long slow process of recovery and adaptation to new-found difficulties, limitations and even disabilities.
Bristol After Stroke is an independent local charity in the West of England area offering a holistic approach to the recovery journey helping people to rebuild their lives after stroke. We step in when a person is back at home. Stroke survivors often describe feeling abandoned when the professional input has gone and they face a future which is significantly different to the one they had imagined. Our services offer a unique combination of practical, emotional and psychological support to stroke affected people and their carers and loved ones. We know that people can only recover physically if their emotional and psychological needs are met in a timely and accessible fashion.
The core of what we do is based on three interconnected services – home visits and practical support and advice from our Stroke Coordinators, peer support groups and drop-in cafes where people affected by stroke can meet and share experiences with others who understand, and a free counselling service providing psychological support to come to terms with what has happened.
What we do
We care for over 700 people per year in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
We provide information, advice and support from stroke trained and experienced staff, stroke support groups, drop-in cafes, counselling, and therapeutic short courses for stroke affected people and their families.
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Facts about stroke:
- Age is the biggest risk factor. Nationally, by the age of 75, one in five women and one in six men will have had a stroke
- The median age to experience a stroke is 77
- Stroke causes brain injuries and is the biggest cause of complex disability in adults
- You can recover from stroke, although you may be left with some long-term difficulties and/or disabilities
- Every three months at least 200 people have a stroke in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, and there are over 12,000 people living with the long-term effects of stroke in the area
- 25% of strokes happen to people under 65
- You can reduce your risk of stroke by monitoring your blood pressure and maintaining a healthy lifestyle
But there is life after stroke.