540 stroke survivors will benefit from an initiative that offers information, emotional support and neurorehabilitation.
The Ramon Molinas Foundation is collaborating with the Ictus Foundation, with the aim of providing care for stroke sufferers and their families in order to improve their quality of life and foster patients’ personal autonomy. Throughout 2021, the Life after a stroke programme will care for 540 people that have been left with a disability or whose care dependency has increased significantly.
The programme, developed in Catalonia, starts the moment in which the stroke survivor is discharged from hospital. Firstly, the Ictus Foundation offers information and advice on the resources available that can provide assistance and therapy, both public and private. Volunteers at Life after a stroke also provides access to support networks and group therapy, and helps to foster personal autonomy and reduce the levels of dependency of stroke survivors using neurorehabilitation and stimulation therapy.
A stroke is an acute condition caused by a sudden interruption of the blood flow to a part of the brain (cerebral ischemia, in 85% of cases), or by the rupture of an artery or vein in the brain (cerebral haemorrhage, in 15% of cases). Stroke symptoms can come on suddenly – how quickly a patient is treated is fundamental to reducing the damage that occurs to the brain.
This cerebrovascular disease is the primary cause of death in women, the third most common cause of death in men, and is the leading cause of disability in adults. In Catalonia, 13,000 people each year are admitted to hospital with a stroke; one occurs in the region every 45 minutes. 45% of people that are hospitalised survive a stroke, but it often causes damage to patients’ motor control, sensory, cognitive, speech or comprehension. In Catalonia, more than 54,000 people live with a disability caused by a stroke.
The Ictus Foundation was created in 2007 to raise awareness of cerebrovascular disease and how to prevent and treat it. The organisation was launched with the aim of supporting patients that have suffered from a stroke, and their families, with both personal help and by developing networks with other organisations. Lastly, the Ictus Foundation was formed in order to drive forward research about the disease at every stage and from all perspectives.
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