Better living service

Survivors of Stroke (SOS)

Better living stroke recovery service is a specialist one to one exercise rehabilitation programme for people who have had a stroke.

We offer a friendly, supportive environment and work together with clients to design safe and effective exercise programmes that are specific to the capability of the individual.

An initial consultation with the instructor usually takes place at the clients home. In this consultation, the patient’s goals are set and an individual rehabilitation plan is designed in agreement with the client.

Initially the exercise plan is undertaken as a ‘one to one’ session with the instructor, with introduction into group exercise, if and when the patient feels ready and able. Clients remain with the instructor for up to 12 weeks, after which they are contacted at intervals until a final assessment is made at six months post-commencement of the programme.

Exercises take place anywhere, in the patient’s home, outdoors or in a formal setting such as a leisure centre.

Our Stroke Rehabilitation Instructor works closely with the Stroke Unit and physiotherapists to ensure that clients needs are catered for.

SOS members benefit from unlimited use of Calderdale Council's Active Lifestyles gyms, swimming pools and exercise classes - free of charge for twelve weeks. After the free twelve-week period, all these activities can be enjoyed at a reduced rate. 

What happens on a course?

Stroke Rehab instructors produce specific exercise plans that are tailored to the individual; these include one-to one sessions in a gym, group based exercise classes - including circuit training and Tai-Chi, chair based exercise and aided, structured walks.

Read John's Story to find out more on what to expect - John's 'Olympic' Journey: Better living service sports day.

Eligibility criteria

Any person who has had a stroke.

How to join

If you are interested in taking part in the SOS scheme. Please ask any medical professional, such as a GP, Practice Nurse, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Specialist Nurse or Consultant to refer you.

Last Updated: 31/08/2016