A nice idea, but I tried to point out that for any stroke survivor there was a need to have a pro-active attitude, so even though the patients might be close physically, it would require a patient with a pro-active nature to benefit. In fact I think if you could do one thing for a stroke survivor, it would be to instill that "never-say-die" attitude in them. First and foremost, you have to want to recover.
For example, in my own case, attending some kind of peer group at the hospital would imply in the first place that I:
- Get myself washed and dressed. OK, this is easy now, but that wasn't always the case.
- Walk a half mile to my nearest bus stop (work in progress!)
- Catch a bus (the easy part), which involved a one-time application for a bus pass
Another thing - I'm not sure if this is typical or whether it is just me - is that I was a good six months out of hospital before I felt able to reach out for support, so it will be interesting how many current patients will be attracted by the venture. But I'm happy to support it in any case, since it is basically what I'm doing anyway.