Slánú Stroke Rehab
Slánú Stroke Rehab provides a home-based rehabilitation service in the Killarney area to people who have had a stroke, with a primary focus on arm and hand therapy.
The service is offered by an occupational therapist (OT) and physical/exercise therapist (PT), free of charge, in the person’s house after he/she has been discharged home from the hospital or inpatient rehabilitation unit.
The purpose of the charity is to support stroke survivors in the community to continue their rehabilitation after discharge and reach their chosen goals.
This kind of support is not currently available in Kerry; people receive rehabilitation services while in hospital but do not have access to ongoing, intensive community based upper limb therapy.
Please contact Susan on 086 382 4134 for more details.
About Slánú Rehab
Slánú Stroke Rehab CLG is a company set up by local occupational therapist Susan Forde who saw the need for community stroke rehabilitation services in the Killarney Area. It is a registered charity (RCN 20157043).
While the HSE offers excellent stroke rehabilitation services in the acute stage after stroke this service is not offered at the same level in the community to discharged patients. Susan recognised this and sourced funding from a private donor to commence offering these services in the Killarney Area, free of charge, to stroke patients.
At the moment Susan is providing the service together with Siobhán Caulfield who is a physical/exercise therapist employed on a part time basis. Susan and Siobhán are employed at industry-standard wages for this type of work. Both employees are fully qualified in their respective fields and have significant relevant experience. It is envisaged that further staff will be employed, depending on the requirement for the service, the area in which it is offered and availability of sufficient funding.
What is Upper Limb Rehabilitation?
Upper limb rehabilitation is when intense work is done by the person and therapist on the arm and hand to work towards a goal that the person has identified. For example he/she may want to be able to return to writing using the affected hand. The rehab programme is then agreed between the person and the therapists, following an assessment, and could include one-on-one sessions with the OT/PT, individual exercises at home or in gym (to increase range of movement or strength), group work, stretching, mirror therapy, mental imagery, electrical stimulation, sensory awareness etc. It all depends on the person’s specific needs and goals.
Problems with arm and hand use (upper limb impairments) are very common after a stroke. 80% of people who suffer a stroke will have moderate to severe hand and arm disability.
We will continue to build our website with more information on the charity and the work we do (methods, research,useful information for clients).