Post Natal Nurse Home Visitor Program
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Stroke Rehabilitation

Our stroke program is made up of an experienced and diverse team of medical professionals who provide quality care to individuals trying to regain function from the physical, cognitive and psychological effects of having a stroke.

To help patients regain the most function possible after a stroke, our interdisciplinary team works with each patient individually to focus on their unique needs. Depending on what part of the brain has been affected, different deficits and challenges may arise. Our team of rehab experts understands this and will develop an individualized program for each patient depending on their specific needs and goals. Stroke Program Data

Elements of the Stroke Program included, but are not limited to:

  • Prevention, recognition, assessment, and treatment of conditions related to stroke and its complications
  • Education on identification and reducing risk factors for recurrent stroke
  • Conditions may include bowel and bladder dysfunction, anxiety, depression, deconditioning, dysphagia, emotional lability, falls, blood pressure problems, pressure ulcers, and recurrent stroke

The Role of Inpatient Rehab in Stroke Recovery

Early and intense intervention following a stroke has been shown to improve outcomes. Stroke recovery should begin as soon as the patient is medically stable, and doctors have taken preventative measures to prevent further strokes or complications. Research has shown that inpatient rehabilitation can help result in a quicker discharge home, shorter lengths of stays and reduced hospital readmissions.

Our Stroke Program helps improve functional abilities by focusing on:

  • Maximizing your independence, health and ability to move around
  • Activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, grooming, bathing and homemaking
  • Bowel and bladder management
  • Communication through speaking and writing
  • Swallowing
  • Improving memory, problem solving and safety awareness
  • Speech and language
  • Balance and coordination
  • Psychological adjustment
  • Self-image
  • Visual and perceptual issues
  • Medication and pain management
  • Paralysis and spasticity

Our program strives to implement the most evidence-based guidelines utilizing resources such as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to guide our care practices.

Caregiver Support

Since family and/or friends are an important part of the recovery process, the rehabilitation staff provides stroke education and training to caregivers. Staff members will communicate recommendations about the amount of help and equipment that will be needed at home after discharge. Other recommendations may include community resources and support groups.

Education and Discharge Planning

An essential part of stroke recovery is receiving instruction on how to help facilitate the return to a fulfilling life. This education will come from a variety of individuals including, but not limited to, physicians, therapists, dietitcians , and nurses. The case manager/social worker will assist with the needs of the patient after the inpatient rehabilitation journey. This may include making necessary arrangements for equipment, outpatient services, and home services when applicable.

Education topics provided may include:

  • Understanding the medical, physical and emotional effects of stroke
  • Nutrition and diet modifications to help manage conditions
  • Adjusting to disability
  • Availability and use of adaptive equipment
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Community resources
  • Home adaptations
  • Community reintegration
  • Orthotics use and practice
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