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VITAL SUPPORT SERVICES FOR STROKE SURVIVORS

Community Stroke Advisors

We have 25 Community Stroke Advisors (CSAs) working across the country. CSAs work with stroke survivors, their whanau and carers to achieve the best possible outcomes after stroke.

CSAs discuss and develop a plan to meet a survivor’s needs and how to achieve their goals. They also provide support, information and advice to build knowledge and skills; liaise with stroke clubs, community and recreational groups; and network in the community to ensure stroke survivors whaˉnau and carers are getting the right services.

We’ve supported 4,000 stroke survivors in the past year through this specialist service, providing over 34,000 hours of support.

Stroke survivors are often in a state of stress because their lives have been thrown into chaos. On top of that they’re having to deal with both the physical and emotional damage a stroke causes.

Each situation is unique so the job is pretty varied. CSAs provide everything from education, goal setting and advocacy, to encouragement, empowerment and emotional support.

Seeing someone go from a place of high anxiety to having a spring in their step is very rewarding. Seeing them reconnect with their family, friends, colleagues or community can be incredibly emotional for our CSAs.

Key CSA Outcomes:

4,000

Stroke survivors were supported by the Stroke Foundation in the last 12 months.

25

CSAs working across the country.

34,200

Hours of support for survivors and their families per annum - 660 hrs p/w.

Return to Work

Getting back to work after a stroke can be an incredibly important part of a survivor’s recovery, both physically and emotionally.

Our Return to Work service provides expertise and support to guide stroke survivors through the process of returning to gainful employment. This free service is available to stroke survivors under 65 in the Greater Auckland and Christchurch regions.

Many stroke survivors want to get back to work as soon as possible, to regain their independence after such a devastating blow. But if it’s not approached in the right way they can have serious setbacks.

A big part of the job is education; understanding aspects of strokes and stroke recovery people may not be aware of. It’s also about educating employers who may not have had experience in working with employees who are recovering from stroke.

Of the 188 survivors who have joined the programme this last year, 51% have successfully returned to work.

And we’ve done the sums. Clearly the most important gains are for the clients, but the tax payer is better off too. Using the most conservative numbers, our results are achieving more than one million dollars savings per year in benefit payments, and that’s before you add in the tax taken from PAYE.

Key RTW Outcomes:

188

Stroke survivors on our new Return to Work Programme.

51%

Of the 188 have returned to work so far.

$1m+

Savings per year in benefit payments on current results.