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Recovering from a Stroke

Last updated 4 years ago

A stroke can have severe, long-term effects on many areas of function. The sooner you seek emergency stroke care, the better the outcome is likely to be. Patients in a stroke care program can expect an intensive program of rehabilitative services to help them regain abilities and skills. Since every stroke patient’s needs are unique, this program of rehabilitation will be customized to suit each individual patient.

Establishing an Ideal Recovery Environment

One of the first steps in recovering from a stroke is determining where and when the rehabilitation program will take place. Ideally, rehabilitation begins as soon as your condition has stabilized, which means that you may start working with therapists in an acute hospital setting. Once you’re ready to leave the hospital, you might continue your rehabilitation at a long-term care center or within your home. Your care team can help you and your loved ones learn how to make modifications to your home environment to make it safer for you.

Working with Rehabilitation Specialists

Your doctor will meet with other specialists to develop a rehabilitation program specifically designed for your needs. Depending on how your stroke has affected you, you may need to work with a speech therapist to regain your communication abilities. Speech therapy can improve skills such as listening, speaking, writing, and comprehension. You may work with a physical therapist to regain strength and range of motion. Some hospitals use exciting technology to assist with physical rehab, such as Nintendo Wii systems to reduce stress on the body and achieve remarkable results. You may also work with an occupational therapist to regain self-care skills. Other professionals that may assist you in your recovery include dietitians, psychologists, social workers, and vocational counselors.

South Bay Hospital provides acute stroke care in our award-winning stroke program. Patients at our Sun City Center hospital can also take advantage of our multidisciplinary rehabilitation program, which includes occupational therapy, speech therapy, and exciting new applications of Nintendo Wii systems to help stroke patients recover balance, strength, and more. If you have any questions about your rehabilitation program or our other exceptional services, please call (888) 685-1595.



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