STROKE victims are benefiting from a technology donation worth £2,000 by Torquay Rotary Club.
Three iPads plus several iTunes vouchers to buy therapy apps have been presented to help with speech and language therapy. The gift will help patients with Dysphasia, a communication difficulty caused by a stroke.
It affects the breakdown or interruption of communication but it doesn't affect intelligence. The condition can affect the patient's ability to understand what is being said and also their ability to speak. Many people also experience problems with reading and writing.
The iPads can be used as communication aids to support the user in conversations, or as therapy tools to practice specific skills. The touch screen system also makes them much easier to use than a traditional mouse and keyboard.
Sarah Burton, speech and language therapist, clinical specialist for Stroke, said: "We are extremely grateful to the Rotary Club for this generous donation which will be a great help to patients in their therapy sessions, particularly those with Dysphasia. Technology is really advancing for therapy services; having these iPads will give us a chance to trial new types of treatment.
"In the past, resources for patients to take home were very much paper-based, but now there is an infinite source of materials for them to access. With the iTunes vouchers, patients will be able to pick personalised apps relevant to their own particular condition and symptoms."
Brian Gunn, Sergeant at Arms for Torquay Rotary Club, said: "I'm really glad we could make this donation to the speech and language therapy service. I have been using the service since I suffered a stroke nearly four years ago. When I first met Sarah Burton she was superb, but I felt as if I wasn't making much progress and might be wasting her time.
"However, Sarah brought out the best in me and I gradually improved; I now drive, shop and cook which is not bad progress, although I'm still pushing myself to do more. I'm sure the iPads will be put to good use and will help the team continue with their excellent work."
Viv Daubenspeck, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Torquay, added: "My husband Brian was receiving treatment from the speech and language therapy service following his stroke and it was clear that although the staff were amazing and went out of their way to help, their resources were limited.
"Becoming president of the Rotary Club gave me the perfect opportunity to raise some funds for the service and was my way of saying thank you, at the same time increasing opportunities for improvement for others who have been debilitated by stroke."