Each patient’s personalized stroke rehab plan addresses physical, cognitive and emotional recovery.
A stroke – also known as a cerebrovascular accident, or “CVA” – can affect many parts of the body such as movement, speech and memory. As a result, the road to recovery can be long and complex.
Fortunately, the outlook for stroke survivors today is more hopeful than ever thanks to advances in both stroke treatment and rehab. While rehabilitation doesn’t reverse the damage caused by a stroke, it can help a survivor achieve the highest level of independence and quality of life possible – physically, emotionally and socially.
Our approach to post-stroke rehabilitation
The Rehab Without Walls® approach to stroke rehab centers on a few main principles:
Many specialties, one team
A stroke can affect many parts of the body and mind, so we think it’s important for multiple specialties to work together. This allows us to treat the patient as a whole, addressing both cognitive and physical effects of the stroke.
A team approach is often more efficient, too. For example, an occupational therapist (OT) and physical therapist (PT) might go for a walk with the patient together. The OT will focus on pathfinding and comprehension, while the PT will focus on gait and balance.
Family member education and involvement
Like all catastrophic illnesses and injuries, stroke has a ripple effect on the survivor’s family. The family dynamic may have changed. There may be worries if the main breadwinner is unable to work. Expectations for recovery may not be in line with reality.
That’s why we help both the patient and family develop coping strategies to adjust to their new reality. The health of the family and the health of the client are so interconnected that both need to be a part of the treatment process.
Long-term, real-world goals
In addition to typical “functional goals” of post-stroke therapy, like being able to walk unassisted, we work with the patient and family to establish goals that are more personal – like hosting a party, coaching soccer again or returning to work. Because stroke can occur in people of all ages (not just the elderly, as the stereotype would have you believe), this approach is particularly beneficial for younger patients who want to participate as fully as possible in home and work life.
We also work with patients to establish both short-term and long-term. While it’s important to measure progress during therapy, our real success lies in what comes after. That’s why we say we’re focused on “durable outcomes.”
Where we provide stroke rehabilitation
The Rehab Without Walls® approach to stroke rehab is flexible to accommodate diverse patient needs, especially when it comes to independence and intensiveness of therapy. We provide stroke rehab in three care settings at locations across the United States:
- Residential neuro rehab (adults) – Following a stroke, patients are often discharged from the hospital once they are medically stable – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready or able to go home right away. Residential rehab helps smooth the transition from hospital to home. Our residences combine intensive therapy (as much as seven days a week) with 24-hour supervised living in a home-like setting. More about residential rehab.
- Home and community neuro rehab (adults and children) – With this approach, therapy takes place in the home, at the workplace, in school or elsewhere in the patient’s community. More about home and community rehab.
- Outpatient neuro rehab (adults and children) – In selected locations, we offer both individual and group sessions in fully equipped rehabilitation centers. Learn more about outpatient neuro rehab.
Healing physical and emotional
“Helping adjust psychologically to the impairments and changes following a stroke, while often overlooked in more traditional approaches to rehabilitation, is one of the hallmarks of Rehab Without Walls.”
– Susanne Griffin, Psy.D., Phoenix