For therapy, training, advice and support call us on 01684 576795 or email:admin@arcos.org.uk. Alternatively, please call the AFSIL (ARCOS Family Support and Advice Line) service on 07984 451327 on Monday or Tuesday from 9.30am -12.30pm or email: afsil@arcos.org.uk at any time.

Real life stories

Arsha's Story

‘For the past four months, we have felt isolated in every possible way – no medical oversight, no therapy support, struggling to feed our mother because, one, we are vegan and, two, she can’t swallow, no contact with our community……Kay and her team have been a light in a dark time. Our mother’s swallowing has improved, and she is much happier now that we all have a consistent approach to her therapy and care.’

Arsha’s son

Arsha* is 82 and lives with three adult children in a small London flat. She has had two severe
strokes and a daughter is also vulnerable, so the family isolated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to be cautious.

Arsha finds movement and walking difficult. Eating and swallowing are particular challenges. The family was referred to ARCOS by the Stroke Association for online therapy, training, and support.

“When we first spoke to the family you could hear the desperation in their voices and how much they were struggling,” observed Kay Coombes, ARCOS therapist.

The family sent videos of the physical therapy they had been trying with their mother. ARCOS occupational therapists reviewed this and sent back guidance by email, telephone, and conference call. The ARCOS team quickly sourced and sent free samples of approved vegan food supplements for Arsha.

Now things are improving thanks to involvement from ARCOS. 

*Name changed for privacy

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Children

We offer a multi-sensory environment for calming relaxation and sensory stimulation. Children with a variety of disabilities  attend.

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Adults

Through specialist multi-disciplinary therapies, rehabilitation activities, and emotional support to make a difference and changing lives.

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Professionals

We provide training in understanding best practice care and the latest technological support for a range of conditions for healthcare professionals.

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Carers

ARCOS provide physical and online training, information, and advice. You also gain a network of peer support to assist you through your journey.