The Stroke Carers Programme is a support programme for carers of adults in Co Donegal who have had a stroke.
The programme aims to:
- Promote confidence and reduce levels of stress as experienced by carers
- Enable the person who has had a stroke to remain living at home for as long as possible if that is their wish
- Increase a carer’s understanding of stroke
About the programme
It involves six sessions of information and education. There is one session per week, and there is no obligation to attend all six sessions.
Depending on which topic is being covered, the sessions can last between two and a half and four hours.
Healthcare professionals from different services deliver the training, including: physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, nursing, psychology and social care.
The programme covers topics such as:
- Understanding stroke and its effects
- The cognitive and psychological impact of stroke
- Managing problems with speech and swallowing
- Continence care
- Skin / Pressure area care
- Nutrition and diet
- Diabetes education
- Moving and handling a person with a stroke
- Cardiac first aid response
- Entitlements and benefits for carers
There are two programmes held each year for groups of up to 12 carers.
It is held in the Education Centre, St. Conal’s Hospital, Letterkenny.
You can access the programme by phoning Diane Donnelly on 087 277 0103.