Post-Stroke Rehabilitation

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Rehabilitation is a key part of stroke recovery. Though it doesn’t reverse the effects of a stroke, it builds your strength, capability and confidence to help you return to independent living.

What is a rehabilitation program?

Under your doctor’s direction, rehabilitation specialists provide a treatment program suited to your needs. Physicians who specialize in rehabilitation are called physiatrists.

Services may include:

  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Audiology Recreational therapy
  • Nutritional care
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Social work
  • Psychiatry/Psychology Chaplaincy Patient/Family education
  • Support groups
  • Vocational evaluation, driver’s training and programs to improve your physical and emotional stamina may also be part of your rehabilitation program.

What will I do in rehabilitation?

It depends on what you need. You may improve your independence in many areas:

  • Self-care skills such as feeding, grooming, bathing, toileting and dressing
  • Mobility skills such as transferring, walking or self-propelling a wheelchair
  • Communication skills in speech and language
  • Cognitive skills such as memory or problem solving
  • Social skills for interacting with other people

When does rehabilitation begin?

Your doctor determines when you’re medically stable and able to benefit from rehab. Most rehabilitation services require a doctor’s order.

Where do I get rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation services are provided in different places:

  • Acute care and rehabilitation hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • At home, through home health agencies
  • Outpatient facilities

You may be involved in rehabilitation in some or all of these settings. It depends on your needs and what type of rehabilitation program is best for you.


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