Pilot Project: Rural Appalachia Stroke Camp (KARRN)

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Currently there are limited opportunities for individuals who have paralysis and mobility disabilities due to stroke and their families to come together and enjoy accessible outdoor activities that promote interaction and improve quality of life. The Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN) in collaboration with the Hazard Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support group will hold an outdoor recreational and educational event to support individuals affected by stroke and their families living in Appalachian eastern Kentucky. This one-day Rural Appalachia Stroke Camp will be hosted at Buckhorn State Resort Park. We will provide outdoor recreation activities including pontoon boat rides, adapted fishing, miniature golf, paddle boats, and other activities. Quieter indoor activities will be provided for individuals with sensory integration challenges. In addition to the recreational activities, several educational activities will also be held for both stroke survivors and families. Topics that will be covered include: 1) recognizing the signs and symptoms of stroke and available resources, 2) stroke related speech disorders and communication difficulties, 3) healthy eating, and 4) mental health care. Potential speakers for each of these topics areas have been identified. Additionally, group discussions will be held by members of the Hazard Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group. We will have trained healthcare providers and students in healthcare fields on site to support the special needs of those participating (e.g. making sure medications are taken, balance assessments, helping with transfers, etc.). This camp will also provide an opportunity for students from multiple healthcare programs the opportunity to volunteer with the community members they are training to serve.
Effective start/end date7/1/186/30/21


  • Administration for Community Living


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