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.
'The Interact service at St Thomas' over the last 15 years has had a huge impact on many of my patients. I have seen people who have been severely disabled by their strokes, who have often spent many weeks in hospital, confined to a bed or chair, often with problems communicating looking more cheerful and starting to become much more engaged with their treatment after visits form the Interact actors. The skill they have in communication, their obvious humanity and sensitivity in dealing with the patients is really remarkable. I hope that in due course the benefits of the Interact service become recognised as being an essential component of a stroke service'
Professor Anthony Rudd, National Clinical Director for Stroke, NHS England, June 2015
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.