The New Zealand Government and Ministry of Health’s alert is now at Level 4 and we are being asked to restrict our contact with others to reduce community transmission.
The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand has been preparing for this for some time and we will be continuing all our work, albeit in modified form.
Our Community Stroke Advisors and Return to Work Advisors will no longer be able to meet face to face with those who have been affected by stroke, but we have the ability to phone and video call all existing and new clients to ensure that stroke survivors continue to receive the best support possible.
Our aim is to make sure that stroke survivors and their families are supported at this time.
People will still continue to have strokes during this time, and we will continue to get referrals. Again, we will make phone contact wherever possible to help them through recovery.
All our staff are now working from home, and we have the technology in place that is ensuring we can continue to work together as a team.
We are doing what we can to maintain our fundraising for these critical services too. Someone is affected by stroke every hour, and we aim to support and empower them when they need us. Donations can still be made online at www.stroke.org.nz/donate-today and we will be sharing news and updates via our social media pages and website. We will continue to show how much of an impact the generosity from our supporters is having on the lives of those affected by stroke.
We know that we are in a time of uncertainty, but our team is committed and flexible to ensure we can continue to help those who need us.
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Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Foundation of New Zealand