Our programme enables people to relearn skills that aid recovery from stroke to increase levels of activity, support daily living and improve confidence and self-esteem. We support people who have just had a stroke, or those who have recently completed a period of intensive rehabilitation, to work towards increasing the range and control of their movement skills.

Our flexible approach allows people to relearn skills relevant to their personal circumstances at any stage during their recovery and offers benefits to anyone aged 18 plus regardless of how long ago they had a stroke.

The Paces specially trained Conductors help people to identify the most relevant programme for them based upon their pesonal goals and aspirations, focussing on potential benefits and desired outcomes.

We aim to personalise our programmes as much as possible, concentrating on enabling people to recover as much movement as possible on their affected side/s, and helping them to use this efficiently within everyday life.

General areas covered in our programmes include:

  • Learning how to relax the body to reduce spasticity
  • Increasing overall awareness of affected side
  • Learning how to find and maintain a symmetrical position; an essential part in the process of using the affected side of the body
  • Increasing the range of movement on the affected side; ensuring that full range of movement is achieved within any medical limits
  • Learning how to use hips to control movements of lower limbs; this assits with standing and walking
  • Learning how to use shoulder, elbow and wrist; to build up movements of the arm
  • Learning to weight bear on affected side to improve security  in standing and/or walking
  • Improving walking technique; to build up on the fluency of walking where appropriate
  • Increasing confidence in the use of the affected side therefore reducing reliance on the non-affected side
  • Creating new habits of movement which can be applied in to all daily activities
  • Increasing precision and control of movements on affected side
  • Learning to connect speech with movement; to help with dysphasia

Our programmes often involve small groups of people relearning skills together, but working towards their own goals. Each group is supported by a Conductor who ensures that everyone is active and able to participate in the programme. The group provides a positive enviroment, shared experiences play an important role; group members provide motivation and offer peer support to one another.

Our programmes typically last 2.5 hours. Family members can also learn new techniques to aid recovery from stroke. Once people feel secure and have confidence in their relearned skills, they will be encouraged to transfer these into their own surroundings and daily activity.