Surviving after a stroke - it's not a solo journey
“I’ve had a stroke. What’s next?”
It’s the beginning of a new life for you, and for your loved ones too. Stroke Recovery Canada® is a national service that offers support, education and community programs for stroke survivors.
Stroke Recovery Canada, a program of March of Dimes Canada, is a volunteer driven project that connects new stroke survivors with individuals who have already made successful recoveries from strokes.
Is incontinence an issue? Don’t face it alone.
Linking Survivors means you have someone to ask questions of, to help you understand what’s next or what you need to expect.
It’s important for you to keep your loved one, or caregiver in the loop too. They need to know what you need, where they can help, where they can get help.
If incontinence is an issue, your caregiver may need to shop for you, help you buy the guards, pads, liners or briefs or pull-on underwear that you need to help you be comfortable. They’ll need to know about wipes or protective underpads and how to shop for appropriate incontinence products. Like you, they want ensure no messes or embarrassing odours. They’ll also want to know what’s appropriate to expect in terms of recovery or exercise, and how to help you prepare for this new normal.
Talk, learn and live.
This is not a journey you need to face alone. Nor does your caregiver. There is a lot of information to be had, and a lot of people to talk with who can their share experiences. They’ve been down this road before. And you’d be surprised how much information on treatment, sports and recreation and information and experiences with incontinence protection they can offer.
Training programs and conferences.
There are thousands of Stroke Survivors and caregivers linked together across Canada. And they are all working on a volunteer basis.
Stroke Recovery Canada provides volunteer training for stroke survivors and caregivers. There are monthly events, and annual conferences that stroke survivors can attend with caregivers and family and they are 100 per cent about peer education, empowerment, recharge and support.
Where needed, March of Dimes Canada also offers one-to-one training, group training and recreational events for survivors and families too.
“We offer training to our chapters to empower them and give them the support they need. We’ve been doing this for more than 60 years,” says Barbara. “It is our goal to keep people empowered and enable them to live their lives to the fullest.”
Barbara Moore is a Community Coordinator with the Linking Survivors with Survivors Program at the March of Dimes Canada. She loves her job and the work she does in the community. Watch this space as she will share more experiences working with stroke survivors in future blog posts with MyLiberty.Life.
About the Stroke Recovery Canada® – One of Canada’s best keep secrets, the Stroke Recovery Program has been working in communities across Canada for more than 60 years. Supported by March of Dimes Canada, Stroke Recovery Canada is a completely volunteer-led program, that provides information for stroke survivors, their family members, caregivers and friends. You can call for information at the Stroke Recovery Canada® Warmline (1-888-540-6666).
- Cindy Clegg