A stroke is a life-changing event not only for the survivor, but also for their caregivers and loved ones.
Recovery can be a long process, and early rehabilitation through physical and occupational therapy is critical to helping stroke survivors regain their independence and quality of life.
While physical healing is an important aspect of stroke recovery, emotional health is an equally important but often overlooked component. In fact, more than one-third of survivors experience some degree of post-stroke depression due to the sudden nature and life-altering impact of stroke. In addition, their loved ones are also directly affected as they often become caregivers. This can quickly become overwhelming for families as they struggle with their new reality, particularly if they do not have a support system in place to help them cope.
To address these challenges, Church Health offers a free, monthly stroke support group called Thrive! that offers a space for healing, support, and fun for anyone impacted by stroke. Based on our Model for Healthy Living we incorporate group reflection, social interaction, recreation and movement to explore ways to reach a healthy, balanced life after stroke. Thrive! meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, and you don’t have to be a patient at Church Health to attend. For more information, go to www.churchhealth.org.
This is Erica Perkins for Church Health.