Stroke Rehab Programme
The Stroke Rehab Programme is a programme of physical activity designed to improve the health and quality of life of stroke and TIA survivors. Your local health professionals such as your GP, Practice Nurse or Physiotherapist can refer you to this programme where you will receive help and support to become more and stay more physically active. Inspiring healthy lifestyles works closely with and is supported by both Think Ahead and the Stroke Association across the Wigan borough.
The Stroke Rehab Programme is open to everyone over the age of 16 with a stable health condition. Our team are highly trained so regardless of the type or severity of your stroke, we will always offer a programme of physical activity suited to your health needs. We offer a wide range of activities including seated exercise, with some activities outdoor or even in the water. If that’s not to your liking, we offer home exercise too!
Your local Health Professional such as your GP, Nurse or Physiotherapist will only refer you to the programme if they believe your condition is stable and that you are fit to take part in physical activity. When you meet our team your Health Conditions will be discussed and you will offered a programme suited to you. This may include one or more of our specialised sessions listed below:
- Exercise after stroke rehab is a gentle circuit session delivered at Howe Bridge Leisure Centre and Robin Park Sports Centre. This circuit focuses on building confidence, improving hand-eye coordination and balance and takes place in very sociable, safe surroundings.
- Adapted Cycling sessions offer an alternative to cycling. Our range of bikes include hand bikes, tricycles and wheelchair adapted bikes and take place at Robin Park Sports Centre and Howe Bridge Leisure Centre.
- Gentle Circuit sessions are similar to the Stroke Rehab Sessions mentioned above but with a little more activity included.
- Xbox Kinnect is an electronic activity based within the Stroke Rehab sessions allowing the individual to control various games with their body movements.
- Hydrotherapy offers people supported ease of movement within warm water. Each person will receive a programme to suit their specific health needs.
- Air resistant equipment offers an alternative to gym equipment which is much easier to get on and off and allows you to easily adjust the resistance to suit your needs.
- Motorcised equipment allows you to slowly build up your resistance with programmes tailored to your health needs.
- Tai Chi is a gentle slow moving activity which is great for balance, breathing and relaxation.
We provide individual programmes and a 1:1 gym induction for people to exercise at our supervised gym sessions at leisure centres across the Wigan borough
You must first ask your local Health Professional such as your GP, Nurse or Physiotherapist for an Activity Referral Form. Once you have received the form, give our team a call on 01942 488 481 and book in for an appointment at a centre close to you. These centres include:
Ashton Leisure Centre
Hindley Leisure Centre
Howe Bridge Leisure Centre
Wigan Life Centre
Robin Park Sports Centre
Total Fitness Health & Fitness Centre
Leigh Leisure Centre
Pennygate Medical Centre (patients only)
No, there are no waiting lists at any of our sites so as soon as you call our team we can book you in for your appointment.
We have a wide range of activities all across Wigan borough which take place in leisure centres and community venues like scout huts or church halls to bring activities to you. All our activities are close to or on a bus route and if for whatever reason you do not want to access a group, we can provide a Home Exercise programme so that you can become more active within your own home.
Yes, our officers will support you throughout your time with us and will contact you to discuss your programme and make sure you are getting the most benefits from it. We also offer an open door policy so you can pop in or call us any time for a chat about your programme.
Your initial consultation will last for approximately 45 minutes and each activity session between 20 minutes and 1 hour. You will be introduced to all officers delivering the activity sessions and they will support you throughout. The programme is for 12 weeks, however we do offer on going support and reduced costs for a further year afterwards.
You can also bring along friends and/or family to any consultations and to any activity sessions to support you. If you would like them to take part in activities with you, they may also need an Activity Referral note dependant upon their health conditions
You should wear loose fitting clothing and flat comfortable shoes or trainers
You should also bring:
- Bottle of water
- Asthma inhalers or angina medication if you have them
- Reading glasses if you wear them
- If you are diabetic you should bring a small snack
- You will also be given an activity card which to you need to bring along to each visit
All activities are at a reduced cost, typically £2.50 - £3.50 including the Exercise After Stroke and Adapted Cycling sessions and where possible we do provide free activities such as health walks and cycle rides.
No, Inspiring healthy lifestyles keep all information confidential and are in no way connected to the benefits team.
If you are on sick leave, then your employer should see this as a positive step towards your rehabilitation - don’t forget your Health Professional will have referred you onto this scheme to help you recover and get back to work as soon as possible. All your information is kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with third parties.