Senior man having physical therapyAlthough stroke rehabilitation varies widely by patient, the ultimate goal is to get them to the highest possible level of functionality.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked by something or when a vessel in the brain bursts. A stroke can cause disability or even death – stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Embassy Healthcare provides stroke recovery services as part of its rehabilitation and therapy services at many of its communities. These services may include physical, occupational and therapy services for the patient who may need to re-learn basic movements, home skills and communication techniques.

Stroke rehabilitation often begins within two days of the event. The sooner you begin the recovery process, the more likely you are to regain lost skills.

Physical therapy

  • Motor-skill exercises: These can help with muscle strength, coordination or swallowing
  • Regaining mobility: Training on a walker, cane, wheelchair or ankle brace to help you move
  • Getting range-of-motion: Treatment to ease muscle tension helps regain range of motion

Cognitive and communication therapy

  • Cognitive disorders: Occupational and speech therapy can help with memory, problem-solving, social skills and judgment
  • Communication disorders: Helps regain speaking, listening, writing and comprehension skills

Because about 25% of stroke victims will experience another stroke within five years, stroke rehabilitation includes taking steps to lessen those odds. Your physician will address risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress, smoking, diabetes and nutrition.

For more information on Embassy Therapy services, call 888-975-1379 or contact us online.