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THE recent launch of the Stroke Association's "Life After Stroke" campaign marked the start of the UK's first "Action on Stroke Month". The campaign aims to highlight the barriers faced by stroke survivors as they start their recovery following their stroke.

A hard-hitting report, "Struggling to Recover" was published as part of the Life After Stroke campaign. The report is based on a survey of more than 2,200 stroke survivors in the UK, and gives a startling picture of the challenges facing stroke survivors and their families in their everyday lives.

Struggling to Recover highlights the difficulties faced by stroke survivors in accessing health and social care services in the community. Findings show that 51% of stroke survivors in Wales had not received an assessment of their care needs and 33% did not know that they were entitled to one.

Assessments are the main gateway to receiving services and a serious cause of frustration for stroke survivors and their carers.

Ana Palazon, director at the Stroke Association in Wales, said: "This report illustrates the problems caused by the lack of joined-up working between health and socialcare services. It highlights the confusion around assessments and care plans, the difficulties stroke survivors are having navigating the system, and the poor understanding of stroke by many who come into contact with stroke survivors and their families.

"On a positive note the report also shows what success looks like when health and social care services do work together and the ambitions of stroke survivors are realised."

* The Life After Stroke campaign report marks the start on Action on Stroke Month. To find out more: www.stroke.org.uk/campaigns
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 16, 2012
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