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In Malaysia, 1 in 4 people will have strokes in their lifetime. About 50,000 individuals suffer from stroke annually, and 40% affect individuals below the age of 60. Of stroke patients, 7 in 10 become dependents and require assistance for day-to-day living. More support needs to be channeled for this often overlooked community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situations of stroke patients. Stroke patients are too afraid to seek treatment and rehabilitation as public hospitals have become overwhelmed with dealing with COVID-19 patients.
Pre-COVID-19, private practice rehabilitation were too expensive and public practice rehabilitation sessions were too far in between, though affordable.
Realising that therapy is a significant part in the strokee's recovery journey, NASAM stepped in to bridge the gap.
At NASAM, we run affordable and frequent rehabilitation programmes for our beneficiaries in a home-like setting. Strokees have a choice of group therapy, customised one-on-one therapy or both. For those who cannot be physically present, we also run tele-health rehabilitation services, and guide family members in helping their loved ones through their recovery.
We look into the physical, emotional and social needs of strokees and our integrated approach includes physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, emotional therapy, recreational and social activities as well as various complementary therapies. An example of which is the Head2Heal programme, which seeks to provide holistic recovery for patients in mind, body and spirit.
At NASAM, we have also developed different programmes aimed at empowering and enabling stoke survivors to reconnect to their spirit and live a life that has meaning and connections beyond the limitations of an arm and a leg. These include: