Executive Director of Stroke OT, Inc. Carolyn Brown, here tells us about the work of the stroke support organisation in Connecticut, USA. Carolyn is an occupational therapist who has worked with the stroke population for the past 27 years.
StrokeOT, Inc began in 2019 with a simple concept…..reduce U.S. health care disparities by providing free group exercise led by volunteer health professionals for the underserved stroke community. These disparities include inadequate health insurance coverage, lacking transportation, financial hardship, and most importantly, at high risk of a recurring stroke. StrokeOT, Inc. began as a group of 7 community stroke survivors and one occupational therapist exercising together and has since grown to over 140 registered members with volunteer health professionals representing nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
The mission of StrokeOT, Inc. is to provide long-term health, exercise, and independent lifestyle support for the stroke community. We are volunteer health professionals and community members who understand that stroke recovery occurs throughout a lifetime when the brain and the body are in constant motion. Members enjoy free access to our weekly zoom group offerings or participate in our student-learning and research study experiences in collaboration with universities. Our members have learned from guest speakers’ topics that closely impact our stroke community. We also collaborate with Connecticut stroke support groups to connect stroke survivors across the state and beyond. Our quarterly social get-togethers allow us to celebrate the achievements of the StrokeOT participants. As the director of this growing community, it’s the many moments of social and emotional support that gives me the drive to continue. Stroke recovery isn’t meant to do alone….as a member said……” people need people”.
To find out more about StrokeOT and how you can get involved in supporting their work and accessing their activities visit: www.strokeot.org