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Scotland’s largest charity, supporting the NHS to care for people with Chest, Heart and Stroke conditions – including Covid-19.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s No Life Half Lived delivers vital services to people in Scotland who are living with the effects of chest, heart, or stroke conditions.

After a diagnosis of a chest or heart condition or a stroke, many people experience fear and isolation and struggle with the impact on their lives.

 

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland will not stand for that.

 

The care and support we deliver every day ensure everyone can live the life they want to We want to make sure that everyone affected by our conditions can live life to the full.

 

  • We want to help people breathe better.

  • We want people’s hearts to work as well as they can.

  • We want to make sure that everyone has the best recovery possible after a stroke.

Our vision is to create a Scotland where No Life Half Lived is achieved through being led by people with chest, heart and stroke conditions and informed by their families and carers, friends, colleagues and healthcare professionals

No Life Half Lived means we listen to people with our conditions and deliver well for them.

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To find out what services are available in your area:

 

Contact details:

 Text: NURSE to 66777 (standard rates apply

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Community Stroke Support Services

 

Community Stroke Support Services provide support for anyone who has had a stroke as they leave hospital, return home and resume daily life. We offer a range of support for people who have difficulty with communication, physical and everyday tasks after a stroke.

 

These may differ depending where you live in Scotland. The aim is to help you to increase your confidence and to support you to do the things you want to do when you are back home, so that you can live more independently.

Support is provided through one-to-one support or in a small group, whichever works best for you. CHSS staff and trained volunteers will work with you to help you achieve your individual goals.

 

In some areas of Scotland, CHSS can provide support from a stroke nurse or occupational therapist to help you (and your carers and family) as you leave hospital after a stroke. The stroke nurse or therapist will work with you and support you and your family for up to a year after you leave hospital.

They can help you to:

 

  • Adjust to life after stroke, including making changes to your lifestyle to help reduce the risk of further strokes and other long-term conditions

  • Make sure that you receive the practical, emotional and social support that you need

  • Return to work if appropriate

  • Resume previous hobbies and interests or take up new ones

  • Prevent you becoming socially isolated or lonely

  • Manage your condition better

 

The aim of the service is to help you to overcome or cope with the damage caused by your stroke so that you can focus on enjoying life again.  You will be supported and helped to relearn or adapt skills so that you can be as independent as possible.

 

Depending on where you live, our services range from communication support for people who are finding it difficult to speak, read, write or understand what other people are saying, through to services for people affected in different ways such as problems with movement, vision, memory or thinking.

If you have a communication difficulty following a stroke, we can provide support from a fully trained communication support partner to help you practice your communication in a social setting either one-to-one or within a small group or a combination of both.

 

All our services are focused on providing essential support to anyone who has had a chest, heart or stroke illness, as well as their families and carers.

Supporting you to get your life back on track after a stroke

Support groups in your local area

 

Once you are back in your community, you may find it helpful to make contact with other people who have been affected by a stroke.

 

CHSS has a number of support groups across Scotland for people who have been affected by stroke or other long-term condition. The groups offer a wide range of support including exercise, social activities and an opportunity to talk to others who understand what you are going through.

 

These groups are run by people living with stroke or other long-term condition and are supported by CHSS.

 

During the Covid 19 pandemic we have adapted our community services to meet the needs of people recovering from and living with stroke. We are offering the following to support our service users and carers during Covid 19 restrictions:

 

Support includes:

  • A friendly chat with a Co-ordinator to find out what matters to you

  • Regular phone calls for those living with aphasia who are feeling lonely or isolated

  • Where appropriate and accessible, weekly 1-2-1 communication support via video call

  • WhatsApp groups offering contact, support and fun

  • Facilitating video and phone calls from service user to service user

  • Weekly online virtual communication support groups

  • New online music group for fun and a sing a long

  • Closed Facebook pages for our communication groups to allow contact and sharing of information.

  • Offering a range of resources, which can be posted or emailed to our service users during lockdown.

  • In partnership with Glasgow Museums, activities around the museum’s diverse collections, encouraging discussion, reminiscence.

  • New Online Carer Support Group for our carers

  • And  “Keep Me Posted”, where our volunteers send letters to those who aren’t comfortable using other forms of communication

         

We are very grateful to our superb team of friendly, skilled, and experienced volunteers, including those who have had a stroke themselves.