Why You Need Our Services
ARCOS services are necessary to address the unmet needs of individuals with impaired communication, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties; such difficulties are caused by a range of developmental and acquired conditions and persist throughout life.
The number of those afflicted is increasing due to a combination of advances in ante/peri natal care, acute medicine and longer life expectancy. However, there is insufficient specialised rehabilitation and inadequate long-term skilled support for this population. Consequently, individuals suffer increasing disability, deformity and pain over time due to the accumulation of secondary symptoms. Their quality of life and that if their families is reduced and at the same time there is an increased burden on statutory health and social services with increased financial cost to the community.
- More than 2.5 million people in the UK have communication problems
- Communication impairment can be congenital or acquired
Eating, drinking (swallowing) disabilities
Numerous conditions that give rise to problems in biting, chewing and swallowing
Helga Ryf, founder member of ARCOS on the effects of her stroke.