Sponsored by REHAB Hospital of the Pacific
Stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States and can happen to anyone. With May being National Stroke Awareness Month, REHAB Hospital of the Pacific hopes to raise awareness about the importance of rehabilitation when recovering after a stroke. The hospital’s goal is to help patients relearn the skills that were lost, regain independence and improve the quality of their lives.
A stroke or “brain attack,” occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.
Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than two thirds of survivors will have some type of disability. How a person is affected by their stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged. For example, someone who had a small stroke may only have minor problems, such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg. People who have larger strokes may be permanently paralyzed on one side of their body or lose their ability to speak.
Rehabilitation after a stroke at REHAB:
Physical therapy – Gait exercises and strength for big movements like walking
Occupational therapy – Fine motor skills and activities of daily living (showering, using the bathroom, getting dressed, etc.)
Speech & Language Pathologist – Swallowing and speech/dysphagia screen
Recreational Therapy activities – community interests and activities
At REHAB, each patient is assigned an interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts and provides a facility and innovative technologies to help with the rehabilitation process. After suffering a stroke, Steven Wong went to REHAB for occupational, physical, and speech therapy. “The quality and level of care is amazing,” Wong said. “Everyone is professional and friendly.”
Rehabilitation nurses at REHAB strive to assist stroke survivors in regaining a meaningful life and promote achievable independence. They also educate patients and help them with adjustments that support their health.