Last month, Occupational Therapy students from Deakin University, Geelong accompanied ten members of the Barwon Blokes with Strokes group on an outing to a café in the Geelong CBD to assess how independent they could be when out about in their local communities.
The students’ feedback was that there were no health or safety concerns for any of the group participants, proving that regaining full independence after stroke is possible.
Barwon Stroke Support Centre Coordinator Sienna Posso is proud of how far the program has come, and sees the incredible impact it has on centre members.
“One of the biggest benefits of joining the Blokes with Strokes group is that it gives members the opportunity to make new friends. Each man has found a sense of belonging and no longer feels like he is alone. Having support like this certainly has a positive impact and contributes to stroke recovery,” said Posso.
“Attending outings without their carers builds the blokes’ confidence and gives them a sense of independence away from their family and loved ones.”
Barwon Stroke Support Centre member Michael said “the Blokes with Strokes group has just opened things up, it’s given me people to talk to about the stroke who actually understand. And its ‘nice’ to hear other stories that you can relate to, from new friends, and the people that run the place are alright too!”
SAV thanks Deakin University for their ongoing support.