Nicola Hosking, Senior Field Officer Stroke Central New Zealand will give a presentation at Enliven’s Levin War Veterans Home this month.
The talk is one of a series of bi-monthly events organised by Levin Home manager Michelle Day. They cover topics relevant to elders in the Horowhenua community and aim to provide attendees with information directly from healthcare professionals.
The event is open to the community and will run for an hour from 5.30pm on Tuesday 5 October in the home’s Veterans Arm’s Lounge.
Entry to the event is by donation/koha, with all proceeds going towards Stroke Central’s work.
“We have had great turnouts at each event,” Michelle says. “Feedback has been really positive with people telling us they feel informed and have insight into the conditions covered and increased knowledge of what support is available.”
Stroke Central is a not-for-profit member-based organisation for stroke survivors and their whānau.
Nicola has worked at Stroke Central for a year and comes from a nursing background. She says she is passionate about improving stroke statistics as one in six New Zealanders will have a stroke in their lifetime.
“It’s not until you work in the community that you realise how many amazing people are doing it tough for whatever reason. It’s inspiring to see them push forward with their challenges,” says Nicola.
Nicola’s talk will include how to recognise stroke symptoms, risk factors and how to access stroke support services in Horowhenua.
“Stroke Central is very active in the community and Nicola is involved with anyone at the home who has had a stroke and offers support for residents and families,” says Michelle.
Levin War Veterans Home offers rest home, hospital and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care. To learn more about the home, located on the corner of Matai and Prouse Streets, visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz or call 06 366 0052.