Report finds significant benefits in innovative Kerry stroke day programme

HSE Press Release: 1st December, 2020

A new report has highlighted the positive impact of an innovative stroke day programme available across Kerry.

The Kerry Stroke Day Service began as a pilot project involving a collaboration between the HSE and two voluntary day centres.

It provides physical and mental stimulation for people who have experienced a stroke through an eight to 10 week programme, and it also offers support to carers. Although Covid-19 has impacted on the delivery of the service, adapted programmes have continued online and individual face-to-face sessions have resumed in recent weeks.

Now, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare and Kerry Stroke Support Group, working in collaboration with Ard Churam Day Centre, Baile Mhuire Day Centre and Tralee IT  are pleased to announce the publication of the Stroke Day Service Evaluation Report.

The final report is available here and is very positive about the service.

The report found that:

  • People who took part in the programme benefitted from significant improvements in their balance, walking speed and mobility.
  • There was also a measurable and significant improvement in participants’ perception of their quality of life, as well as an increase in their satisfaction with their health.
  • Participants also enjoyed an improvement in their mental wellbeing.
  • The report also found  that there were benefits for carers of the people involved in the programme.

The Stroke Day Service was set up in 2018 in response to a need identified by the Kerry Stroke Support Group and is as a result of a unique partnership between the HSE, the two voluntary agencies (Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre for Older People and Ard Chúram Day Care Centre) and the Kerry Stroke Support Group. The Kerry Stroke Support Group is supported by Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Community Work Department.

The Stroke Day Service programme is delivered in Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre for Older Persons in Tralee and in Ard Chúram Day Care Centre in Listowel. It offers a mixture of physical activity, socialisation and mental stimulation in the existing day centre settings. A multidisciplinary team in each of the two centres consisting of a physiotherapist, nurse manager, exercise facilitator, health care attendants and volunteers manage the programmes that run one day a week for 8-10 weeks at a time.

The evaluation of the programme was facilitated by Tralee IT and it looked at the experience of 53 participants from seven programmes.

The average age of those involved with the service was 72, and 62% of them were men.

Some of the points highlighted by the participants and their families in focus groups included:

  • The availability of physiotherapy, support from all the staff members, suitability of the venues and the benefits of socialisation were some of the key factors that led to the success of the programme
  • Carers highlighted the respite received as a result of the service and also stated that they felt supported by the programme.

Mary Carmody chairperson of the Kerry Stroke Support Group said:

“It has given people a new lease of life knowing they have a place to come to where they can be supported both physically and mentally”.

Michael Fitzgerald, the Chief Officer of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare said:

“This report highlights how this model of service delivery exemplifies an innovative partnership between HSE, community and voluntary organisations and plays a key role in supporting people post stroke and their families/carers to remain living well in the community and thus in turn alleviating some of the pressure on the acute system.”


Last updated on: 01 / 12 / 2020