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What is stroke rehabilitation?
Stroke rehabilitation can help you recover from the effects of stroke and relearn skills and new ways to perform tasks. Rehabilitation depends on many variables, including the following:
- Cause, location, and severity of stroke
- Type and degree of any impairments and disabilities from the stroke
- Overall health of the patient
- Family support
Rehabilitation of the patient with a stroke begins during the acute treatment phase. As the patient's condition improves, a more extensive rehabilitation program is often begun. The goal of stroke rehabilitation is to help the patient return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life -- physically, emotionally and socially. Rehabilitation is designed to meet each person's specific needs; therefore, each program is different. Some general treatment components for stroke rehabilitation programs include the following:
- Treating the basic disease and preventing complications
- Treating the disability and improving function
- Providing adaptive tools and altering the environment
- Teaching the patient and family and helping them adapt to lifestyle changes
Stroke rehabilitation works best when the patient, family, and rehabilitation staff works together as a team. Family members must learn about impairments and disabilities caused by the stroke and how to help the patient achieve optimal function again.
What treatment options are available?
Speech, Language & Cognitive Training
- Transfers. Patients are shown how to safely move from the wheelchair to the car, bed, furniture, toilet and tub.
- Wheelchair Mobility. Patients are taught to negotiate curbs, ramps, and various types of surfaces in standard wheelchairs or power drive chairs.
- Walking. Walking training is practiced on a variety of floor surfaces, ramps and stairs using different types of canes, walkers, splints and braces, as necessary. Walking overhead lifts, unweighting systems and special treadmills may be used to enhance walking training.
- Wheelchair Positioning. Provision of cushions and positioning devices to maximize sitting comfort, support and function.
Specialized Feeding & Swallowing Program
What support is offered?
Baptist Health's Stroke Support Group is made up of individuals who have experienced a stroke, along with their friends, family and caregivers. Groups meet monthly at the following locations:
Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute-Little Rock
Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m. in the first floor conference room at Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute-Little Rock.
For more information, call (501) 202-2547.
Patients may be referred to Baptist Health Rehabilitation by physicians, family member, friend or self-referral. A screening examination may be conducted prior to admission. The cost of treatment is covered as with any hospitalization by Medicare, Medicaid, Workers’ compensation and private insurance carriers.
For additional information on how to begin the admission process, or to schedule a tour, call (501) 202-7011 for Little Rock, (501) 681-0974 for North Little Rock or Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-227-8478.
James talks about his experience having a sequence of mini strokes and the care he received at Baptist Health. Dr. Jones talks about the comprehensive services available at Baptist Health from diagnosis, to treatment, to inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.
Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute-Little Rock is accredited in the treatment of stroke patients by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.