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.