Stroke is now the 2nd biggest killer in England and Wales and the main cause of serious disability in the U.K. A stroke can affect anyone of any age from any background. Rehabilitation is a long and exhausting process.
It is during hospital recuperation that InterAct makes the difference. Early interventions with stroke survivors are a tremendous boost to the recovery process.
There is now a growing body of evidence that stimulation through reading and conversational interaction can help the brain find new neural pathways, a phenomenon known as "adaptive rewiring." Depression is also a big factor for many stroke survivors; our work has been shown to improve mood and thus motivation.
In Addition we aim to alleviate boredom, and to help people gain confidence, "reconnecting" by practising their new found communcation skills in a non-judgemental environment.
Professor Anthony Rudd, National Clinical Director for Stroke, NHS England