ICARE is a small friendly day centre in Orpington welcoming up to 20 clients daily, all of whom are living with the effects of a stroke, which can be devastating for them and their families and carers. We provide a lively interactive environment with a daily programme of practical help to improve mobility, communication and everyday life skills, with an emphasis on the social reintegration of people who have suffered a stroke back into the community.
Rehabilitative care can dramatically improve the general well being of stroke survivors by addressing their problems and, with appropriate therapies, effecting an improvement. We have been delivering that rehabilitation and care for over 30 years and the need for it is as great now as it was when we started.
The team of dedicated staff, supported by a committed group of volunteers and with specialist professional guidance, provide many activities at ICARE, especially speech and communication skills, mobility improvements, practical and social activities and relaxation therapies.
Our clients’ families and carers also benefit from what we do. We are able to give them advice, support and a period of respite each week.
The Centre itself was originally a Victorian village school which gives ICARE its unique homely character. While clients pay a small fee to attend the centre, we are dependent on donations, grants and fundraising to maintain and improve the services we provide week by week.