At Home Instead Senior Care Bury, we do like to be involved with local charities in our area. Ramsbottom is the base for a very special charity called Speakeasy, this charity provides help and support to people suffering from aphasia which is an acquired communication difficulty which can be caused by stroke or a head injury.
Speakeasy is one of only four charities in the U.K. to provide the help and support of speech and language therapists and volunteers to help people regain as much independence as possible while living with the condition. People with aphasia may find it difficult to use and understand speech, or read and write. Many also have physical disabilities caused by the stroke or brain injury which they also have to cope with.
At Home Instead senior care Bury we have been so impressed by the stories of members of Speakeasy, we wanted to sponsor this year’s conference. The conference gives a chance once a year to inform attendees from the NHS, local authorities, other charities and local businesses about the excellent work and results of Speakeasy. By listening to the stories and experience of carers, families and people affected by stroke and brain injury we are better able to offer our unique person centred care. People who suffer a Stroke or brain injury require carers that have knowledge and empathy with their condition, which we provide by listening to people and learning about what helps. It gives us a unique insight into how care can benefit families and people living with aphasia and similar conditions (many people with dementia have aphasia symptoms), because of the remarkable achievements of people helped by Speakeasy.
On the fun side and to show just how amazing some of the people at Speakeasy really are here is Kevin pictured with Anj, who lives with her aphasia and other disabilities, who is now a volunteer. In order to raise money for Speakeasy, Anj launched herself from 30 metres high off the top of the imperial war museum north, down a zip wire 250m long above the ship canal to the Lowry centre. This is a real remarkable true feet of courage and determination, brilliant.