Stroke Rehabilitation Program
Whether it is you or a loved one who has suffered a stroke, life may now seem complicated. Activities that were simple and enjoyable before may suddenly seem difficult and frustrating. A stroke can threaten to steal your independence and quality of life. Small daily living activities, like getting dressed or cooking a meal, to larger life moments like attending a wedding or going back to work, may seem like struggles to you or your loved one. Our team wants you to know that there is hope.
We believe that quality of life is in the details and that simple pleasures make each day worthwhile. We want to help our stroke patients and their families achieve greater independence by regaining confidence and experiencing the joys of daily life.
Let us help you return to your life.
The stroke survivor, their family and friends are vital members of the stroke rehabilitation team. Recovering from a stroke takes compassionate, creative team involvement in a safe and caring environment. An active support system can help a stroke patient make significant strides in recovery. Your team works in partnership with you to develop an individualized plan for rehabilitation.
Your team may include:
• Rehab Physician
• Consulting Physicians
• Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse
• Physical Therapist
• Occupational Therapist
• Speech/Language Pathologist
• Social Worker/Case Manager
Our Specialized Services
What to Expect After a Stroke
No two strokes are the same and each person’s deficits will be unique. Common problems that occur after stroke include:
• Paralysis of one side of the body
• Changes in vision
• Difficulty swallowing
• Difficulty speaking or understanding another’s speech
• Inability to care for self
• Poor judgment and memory
• Adjustment to stroke-related challenges
Team Approach to Care
Upon admission, the members of your care team evaluate your abilities and identify those areas that are obstacles to returning home. With your assistance, the team creates goals that become the focus of your daily activities, both with therapy and nursing. Each week, your team meets to discuss progress you've made, barriers to progress and new goals to be achieved.
Beginning at admission and throughout your stay, the team will educate you on topics specific to your situation. These may include:
• Identification and reduction of personal risk factors causing stroke
• Fall prevention strategies to assure your safety
• Medication management
• Modifications to your home to maximize your independence
• Community resources available to support you after discharge
• Use of special equipment to assure your safety during mobility and activities of daily living
Return to Work or School
Strokes affect people of all ages, not just those who are older. When stroke occurs in the prime of life, there are additional goals to be achieved. If return to school is part of your life plan, your team will work with you and the school. If you are planning to return to work, the team will work with your employer to identify needed accommodations. The goal is to make your transition smooth and successful.
Preparation for Discharge
Transitional Living Apartment
Your team may plan for you to stay in our accessible apartment prior to your discharge. It provides a home-like setting for you to demonstrate your new skills and independence in self-care, meal preparation, medication management and mobility, while still having supervision and assistance, if needed, from your care team.
Often your home may not be physically accessible, given remaining limitations you have after stroke. Your therapists can arrange to visit your home prior to your discharge and make recommendations for improving safety and accessibility. This may include identifying special equipment or making a modification to the home itself.
To assist you in resuming activity outside your home, your therapists may plan for you to participate in a goal-oriented outing. This tests your abilities and offers an opportunity for your therapist to problem-solve with you in a real-life situation. Your outing may be to a shopping mall, grocery store, recreational facility, or another location determined by your needs, goals and interests.
Stroke Support Group – The hospital hosts a monthly stroke support group that offers education, fellowship and support for stroke survivors and their families. Discussion topics may include nutrition, fitness, depression or financial matters. The group is facilitated by trained healthcare professionals.
The rehabilitation care team is always available to you, even after you are discharged. If a question or problem arises, please call a member of the team and ask for their assistance.
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