Stroke rehabilitation

When a stroke occurs, injury to the brain may affect how you move, think, feel or behave. The outcome from a stroke is different for everyone. Because each person’s recovery is unique, we create an individualized treatment plan to help you and your family gain strength and confidence to return to the activities you enjoy. 

Our interdisciplinary rehabilitation teams are dedicated to providing expert and coordinated care to help you return to the highest level possible of independence, functioning and mobility. Your care may include neuropsychology, physical, occupational and speech therapy, recreational therapy, music therapy, clinical nutrition and case management and social work. Our treatment interventions are designed to maximize your abilities and may include one or all of the following, depending on your needs. 

To ensure a smooth transition home, we involve your family or caregiver in your recovery process and provide education and resources to help you adjust to the changes related to your psychological and social needs, as well as your new roles and responsibilities.

Features of stroke rehabilitation

Activities of daily living
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We have fully furnished spaces where our occupational therapists help you practice essential daily tasks to help you prepare for your transition home. These activities include dressing, grooming, shopping, cooking, and eating.

In some cases, stroke survivors suffer from continued moderate to severe impairment in their hands and arms at three to six months following a stroke. This is often called a recovery plateau, which means their condition stops improving. At this point, the problem isn’t in the strength of the muscles but in the brain or the nerves. Research indicates that moving past the recovery plateau requires neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to form new neural pathways1. We can help.

Learn about the Vivistim® Paired VNS™System, a breakthrough treatment for stroke survivors to improve their hand and arm function.

  1. Dawson et al. Vagus nerve stimulation paired with rehabilitation for upper limb motor function after ischemic stroke (VNS-REHAB): a randomized, blinded, pivotal, device trial. Lancet. 2021; 397 1545–1553.
Communication and cognition therapy
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Our speech therapists evaluate your skills in speaking, thinking, listening and understanding and will develop a plan to improve these areas. They will also evaluate and treat dysphagia, a condition that makes swallowing difficult. In some cases, they may use assistive communication devices and/or technology like VitalStim® that can help accelerate strength in the throat muscles.

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Our physical and occupational therapist will work to strengthen your core muscles and legs and to build endurance. They will also help you to learn to move safely between surfaces, such as from a wheelchair to a bed.

Recreational activities
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Our recreational therapists provide a variety of activities where you can explore your capabilities in a social and community setting. These include outings, cooking, art projects, gardening, fishing and more.

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