LETTER: Respite lifeline

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People who survive strokes often end up with disabilities, including aphasia, which affects around 350,000 people in the UK.

Aphasia affects a person’s ability to speak, read, write and understand, but not their intelligence. Aphasia can make people feel isolated and it can feel very frustrating, but many people caring for loved ones with aphasia don’t receive the support they need.

To make matters worse, many stroke survivors and their carers find it extremely difficult to organise a break. The Stroke Association found that, as a result, 6 out of 10 stroke survivors hadn’t taken a break since their stroke.

I work for a brilliant charity called Revitalise; we run the Netley Waterside House centre in Southampton, which provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers from across the region. We have been working closely with the Stroke Association to provide breaks focussed on people with stroke and aphasia and their carers. Our new Stroke & Aphasia Weeks will take place in January 2017 at Netley Waterside House and our two other UK centres and we want stroke survivors and their carers from the region to know about this new respite lifeline.

If you would like to know more about our Stroke & Aphasia Weeks, or ways you can support our vital work, please call 0303 303 0145 or visit http://revitalise.org.uk/

Colin Brook

Revitalise, London

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