Stroke Rehabilitation

The Stroke Program at Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute is comprised of an experienced team of professionals who provide specialty care to help individuals regain function from the physical and psychological effects following a stroke. Through intensive therapy, our team is committed to providing the most complete and optimal recovery possible. Elements of the Stroke Program include, but are not limited to:

  • Prevention, recognition, assessment, and treatment of conditions related to stroke and its complications
  • Conditions may include bowel and bladder dysfunction, anxiety, depression, deconditioning, dysphagia, emotional ability, falls, blood pressure problems, pressure ulcers, and recurrent stroke

To help patients regain the most function possible after a stroke, our interdisciplinary team of clinicians works with them on an individual basis. We implement a treatment plan designed to maximize potential and complement other medical interventions with this team approach to care.

Rehabilitation Plays an Important Role in Stroke Recovery

We are dedicated to providing expert and compassionate care for recovery after a stroke.

Early action is critical when a patient suffers a stroke. Stroke rehabilitation should begin as soon as possible after a stroke once a patient’s medical condition is stable and doctors have taken preventive measures against further strokes and complications.

Our intense inpatient program provides a personalized treatment plan for each patient and ongoing care with the goal of preparing them to return home independently or with assistance from family members or other care providers.

Research shows that inpatient rehabilitation results in:

  • Going home quickly
  • Short lengths of stay
  • Minimizing hospital readmission

American Stroke Association (ASA) Guidelines

Key recommendations from the ASAs Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery Guidelines provide the best clinical practices for adults recovering from stroke. First and foremost, the guidelines state that whenever possible, recovery should happen in an acute inpatient rehabilitation setting rather than a skilled nursing facility.

The guidelines suggest there is strong evidence that organized, interdisciplinary stroke care – such as that provided by an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) – not only reduces mortality rates and the likelihood of institutional care and long-term disability, but also enhances recovery and increases independence in activities of daily living. To this end, all patients who qualify should be evaluated by IRF clinicians so the proper level of care for each patient is pursued. According to the guidelines themselves, “the consistency of the findings in favor of IRF referral suggests that stroke survivors who qualify for IRF services should receive this care in preference to SNF-based care.”

We treat every patient with dignity, respect and compassion. Patients admitted to the inpatient rehabilitation hospital or unit benefit from specialized intensive therapy and nursing care for medical and functional needs that would prevent them from going to a lower/less intensive level of care.

Our Stroke Program Helps Improve Skills by Focusing on:

  • Maximizing your independence, health and mobility
  • Daily activities of living such as eating, dressing, grooming, bathing, and homemaking
  • Bowel and bladder management
  • Communication through speaking and writing
  • Swallowing
  • Improving memory and judgment
  • Speech and language
  • Balance and coordination
  • Psychological adjustment
  • Self-image

Treatment delivery and intensity of service is determined as part of the individualized plan of care and will typically include a combination of 30- to 60-minute therapy sessions for three or more hours most days.

The Therapy Team

The patient, patient’s family, loved ones and caregivers are the most important part of our rehabilitation team. Our team of health professionals will work together with the patient and the patient’s caregivers toward recovery from a stroke.

Our interdisciplinary rehabilitation team specializing in stroke rehabilitation includes:

  • Physicians specializing in rehabilitation providing daily oversight
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Physical therapists who work on problems with movement, walking, balance and coordination
  • Occupational therapists who help patients regain independence with eating, bathing, dressing, writing and other daily tasks
  • Certified speech therapists who help patients recover speech, language, cognitive and swallowing skills
  • Orthotic/adaptive equipment specialists
  • Nutritional counselors
  • Case managers/social workers
  • Neuro/clinical psychologists

Caregiver Support

Since family is often an important part of the recovery process, the rehab staff provides stroke education and training to close family members.

A social worker, nurse or case manager will help the patient and his or her caregivers arrange for the help and equipment that will be needed at home after treatment. Other activities may include stroke education classes as well as a stroke support group.