Due to the high number of stroke patients needing physical therapy services in Jamaica, stoke camps provide a unique way for persons suffering the effects of stroke to receive a larger bulk of therapy in a short amount of time. Dr. Riley learned about this innovative treatment from Dr. Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, an associate PT professor at Northern Arizona University.
Dr. Carter runs stroke camps each summer with her PT students in Arizona. In 2009, Dr. Carter came to Jamaica to help Dr. Riley set up FOR U’s first camp. Stroke camp participants receive a five-day intensive physical therapy treatment consisting of pre-testing, three and a half days of intensive neurologic rehabilitation, and post-testing. The functional improvement that participants make in such a short amount of time is absolutely amazing.
FOR U partners with both Jamaican and US-based PT programs who donate their time, resources, and energy to each camp. This partnership allows students to get a lot of hands on experience working with stroke survivors while being mentored by seasoned therapists.
In 2016, FOR U expanded their camps in order to include community reintegration and home visit days. This change has helped stroke survivors become more functional in their homes and communities. Be the next group to partner with us!
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