Stroke recovery is progressive and a phased journey that requires full commitment from caregivers and stroke survivors, to continue with life-style changes in order to achieve a better quality of life. Stroke Support Station’s unique concept is volunteer-led, supported by medical professionals that include neurologists, therapists, and advance practioner nurses from both the public and private sector. Stroke Support Station (S3) has a special partnership with National University Health System (NUHS)
S3 and NUHS share a common vision to address the physical, socio-emotional and psychological needs in stroke survivors and their caregivers in a holistic and sustainable manner. Aligned to the vision of leveraging partnerships to increase awareness on stroke and advance advocacy to enable an inclusive society, S3 and NUHS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise their partnership in May 2016.
Professor John E.L. Wong, Chief Executive, NUHS, says that community care is important to encourage stroke survivors to continue their recovery after they are discharged from hospitals and rehabilitation centres. Many stroke survivors require long-term medical and social support after their stroke incidences, and they need help to re-integrate back into society. S3 is able to address these current unmet needs with its community-based, volunteer-led care model, which empowers volunteers, teaches self-reliance, encourages peer support and taps into the power of innovation.
As a charity, S3 serves the stroke community, regardless of their financial status, so that they can have access to the S3 post-stroke community-based support programme. S3 programmes equip the stroke survivors to achieve a better quality of life through education, physical and mental preparedness to build their confidence and help them re-integrate into society.