The Comprehensive Outpatient Stroke Program consists of a dedicated healthcare team who help patients to better understand and address the common effects of stroke, such weakness on one side of their body, loss of sensation, difficulty with speech and language, loss of emotional control and problems with memory and judgement. Patients can expect to learn how to meet new physical challenges, as well as, about changes in speech, emotions and thinking. Education and support are provided not only to the patients, but also to their caregivers.
To meet the physical, mental and emotional needs of our stroke patients, the program provides a wide range of services as appropriate for each individual patient: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, case management and psychology. These team members work collaboratively to coordinate care in order to increase functional independence and meet our patients’ goals.
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Focuses on mobility training to increase independence with walking or maneuvering a wheelchair; also addresses strength, coordination and balance. If indicated, the wheelchair clinic is available for individuals who need an evaluation to determine what type of wheelchair is most appropriate for them.
Recreational therapy focuses on a wide range of activity and community based interventions and techniques to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and leisure needs. Recreational therapists assist in developing skills, knowledge, and behaviors for daily living and community involvement. The therapist works with their patient to incorporate specific interests and community resources into therapy to achieve outcomes that transfer to their real life situation.
Focuses on improving patients’ functional skills to increase self-sufficiency and improve quality of life. We work to help patients increase their abilities to perform daily living roles and responsibilities such as self-care, cooking, child care and money management. In order to accomplish these goals, the occupational therapist may address skills in areas such as motor control, memory and problem-solving and visual-perceptual ability. A specialty service that may be appropriate for some patients is the Driver Rehab Program. This is a specialty service available to help those who want to return to driving.
Case management focuses on coordinating the rehabilitation plan and ensures there are not lapse in service delivery. The case manager supports the patient by identifying community resources and helping to secure any needed medical equipment.
Speech therapy focuses on communication, cognitive challenges and swallowing disorders as appropriate for each individual patient. Based on the patient’s needs, speech language pathologists may perform a specialized test called a modified barium swallow study to evaluate and determine treatment for swallowing difficulties. They also help patients obtain and master use in augmentative communication devices when indicated.
Psychology focuses on any behavioral and intellectual assessment and follow-up care as needed. They assist patients and caregivers with adjustment to changes in emotionally, cognitively and physically since their stroke.