Stroke is now the second biggest killer in England and Wales and the number one cause of serious disability in the United Kingdom. A stroke can affect anyone of any age from any background.
A patient suffering from the effects of a stroke may spend several months in a hospital stroke unit. Rehabilitation is a long and exhausting process which continues after the stroke patient has left the hospital.
It is during hospital recuperation that InterAct makes the difference. Early interventions with stroke survivors are a tremendous boost to the recovery process.
“I know that, since it was set up, InterAct has gained a well deserved reputation for the services it provides to stroke survivors and that the qualitative research done in this area shows how well those patients respond to the readings you offer.
I wish you continued success with your work in this important area of stroke rehabilitation.”
Andrew Lansley CBE, Secretary of State for Health, June 2010.
There is now a growing body of evidence to support the view that stimulation via reading and conversational interaction stimulates the brain, and via this the rehabilitation and recovery of the stroke patient is improved. Many stroke patients spend endless hours in a hospital bed with hardly any interaction with others at all.
We aim to alleviate the boredom, depression, lack of self worth and negativity associated with stroke.