What is Stroke Rehabilitation?
Stroke affects approximately 795,000 people each year in the U.S. and is one of the leading causes of disability. Stroke survivors and their families can find workable solutions for early recovery and rehabilitation, right at their own home through Home Therapy. Having the therapy at home allows greater flexibility than other options. It can also be more convenient for them and their family.
The sooner a stroke survivor begins rehabilitation, the more likely they are to regain their lost skills and abilities. Rehabilitation actually begins in the hospital and then they choose the best setting for them depending on the severity of their disability and needs.
Why choose Stroke Rehabilitation?
Golden Age Companions promotes independence, as much as possible, and supports function development for a stroke survivor. We thrive to accomplish this in a way that preserves dignity and motivates them to polish-up basic skills that the stroke may have impaired – like bathing, eating, dressing and walking.
Rehabilitation Plan will depend on the part of the body or type of ability affected by stroke. Rehabilitation activities include:
- Motor-skill exercises. Which can help improve muscle strength and coordination.
- Mobility training. With the use of mobility aids, such as a walker, cane, wheelchair or ankle brace.
- Constraint-induced therapy. An unaffected limb is restrained while you practice moving the affected limb to help improve its function. This therapy is sometimes called forced-use therapy.
- Range-of-motion therapy. These are exercises that can ease muscle tension and help you regain range of motion.
Cognitive and emotional activities include:
- Therapy for cognitive disorders. Occupational therapy and speech therapy can help patients with lost cognitive abilities, such as memory, processing, problem-solving, social skills, judgment and safety awareness.
- Therapy for communication disorders. Speech therapy can help the patient to regain lost abilities in speaking, listening, writing and comprehension.
- Psychological evaluation and treatment. The patient’s emotional adjustment might be tested. They might also have counseling or participate in a support group.
- Medication. The patient’s doctor might recommend an antidepressant or a medication that affects alertness, agitation or movement.
*Stroke rehabilitation plan will change during recovery as the patient relearn skills and their needs change.