Each year, over three-quarters of a million people have a stroke in America. The impact of a stroke affects the life not only of the individual concerned, but those of friends, family, and loved ones, who often take on the role of caregiver. The responsibilities this sudden change entails are emotionally and physically demanding, and support can be difficult to find. As World Stroke Day 2017 arrives this weekend, Diane from The Pink House on the Corner shares with us her story of caregiving for her husband, Bob, whom she chose to bring home following his stroke.
Caring can be daunting and testing, but it can also be illuminating and inspiring. In our recent white paper campaign, In Search of the Invisible Army, we talked to carers about the skills and attributes they gained from their caring experiences. An unparalleled first-hand perspective of healthcare systems treatment regimes was commonly combined with a sense of empathy and a desire to help others. Such qualities can make carers a huge river of positive change within healthcare. In this blog, we take a look at three carers who’ve drawn upon their personal experiences to help improve healthcare for all.
Manchester based healthcare communications agency, Havas lynx, has launched its annual white paper campaign, which this year promotes the vital need to support the growing number of carers in our society. The campaign features blogs, YouTube films, and podcasts, all of which feature interviews with the experts and carers from around the world.
In this campaign, we look at the tremendous impact that informal carers have on the lives of patients, and their value to all stakeholders in healthcare. Over a period of six months, we conducted in-depth interviews with carers from around the world, consulted with frontline support workers, and spoke to leading experts.