Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Symptoms of stroke may include numbness, weakness often on one side, confusion, vision problems, slurred speech, trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance and loss of coordination.
Stroke rehabilitation is most effective when the patient, family, and rehabilitation staff works together as a team.
If you are admitted to Miami Valley Hospital with symptoms of a stroke you may receive acute care services through physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy.
Post-acute services may include inpatient rehabilitation, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation (CORP) and outpatient single-service physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy.
An evaluation conducted by our rehabilitation coordinator, in consultation with a physiatrist must reveal the following for admission to our inpatient rehabilitation unit:
- Medical issues requiring regular physiatry management
- Rehabilitative nursing intervention
- Multiple therapy discipline needs
Conditions associated with stroke include:
- Aphasia (language disorder due to brain damage)
- Foot drop (difficulty lifting the foot)
- Hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body)
- Homonymous hemianopsia (loss of half of the field of view on the same side in both eyes)
Individuals who have suffered a stroke can benefit from services offered by our stroke rehabilitation program including:
- Activities of daily living
- Cognitive (thinking) retraining
- Communication (aphasia training)
- Community re-integration
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing – a speech therapist performs a motion X-ray study to assess a patient’s swallow and safety with eating)
- Eating/swallowing (dysphagia training)
- Education and support
- Equipment and training
- Medication management
- Orthotic (custom-made inserts that fit inside a shoe) equipment and training
- Psychosocial issues
- Stroke support group
To be referred to the inpatient stroke rehabilitation program, you must have the:
- Desire, or that of a significant other, to increase your level of function
- Potential to achieve medical stability
- Potential to improve function with intensive rehabilitation
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