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Stroke Rehabilitation

Recovering from a stroke can be one of the greatest challenges you will face, and where you go for treatment can make all the difference. The American Heart/American Stroke Association recommends that, whenever possible, patients be treated in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital rather than a skilled nursing facility. The goal of our comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program is to help you increase your independence and physical functioning, as well as enhance your quality of life.

A team approach to treatment

According to the American Heart/American Stroke Association, “Stroke rehabilitation requires the sustained and coordinated effort of a large inter-professional team. Communication and coordination among team members is paramount in maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of rehabilitation.”

At Banner Rehabilitation Hospital, we draw on the knowledge of an experienced team of stroke rehabilitation specialists to address the range of medical, physical, functional and emotional issues you may face. 

This interdisciplinary team is led by a physiatrist, a physician board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. It may also include rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists; dietitians; case managers; and other clinical and support staff, as needed.

An individualized care plan

Treatment is carefully integrated and tailored to your specific needs and goals. Depending on the extent to which you have been impacted by your stroke, we will help you:   

  • Restore physical function and the ability to perform daily activities
  • Gain strength and endurance
  • Improve balance and mobility
  • Overcome speech or communication weaknesses
  • Address swallowing issues or nutritional concerns   
  • Develop new cognitive, communication and behavioral strategies
  • Improve vision challenges
  • Deal with emotional, psychological and/or social issues
  • Return home to work, school or community activities with as much confidence and independence as possible

Banner Rehabilitation Hospital’s highly individualized program will also help to maximize recovery for patients whose needs may be complicated by other existing medical conditions and/or difficulties with alertness, sleep/wake cycles, confusion, debility or age-related factors.

An early start to recovery   

Studies show that the sooner you begin a highly coordinated, comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program, the greater gains you are likely to achieve. Banner Rehabilitation Hospital works closely with you, your family and the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to our program.

Here you will benefit from a minimum of three hours of physical, occupational and/or speech and other therapies a day, five days a week. The skills and strategies you learn will be reinforced by your nursing team.

You and your family will also be given the education and training to help maintain your overall health and well-being following discharge.

When you’re ready, we’ll coordinate your discharge, help arrange for equipment and provide access to community resources that may be available to you. Our goal, like yours, is for you to move forward with as much independence and confidence as possible.

A unique continuum of care

To help you return home and resume work, school, community and/or social activities, Banner Rehabilitation Hospital provides many types of care throughout the rehabilitation and recovery process. We are here to help you manage your health from inpatient to outpatient care.

The technology of stroke recovery

To support your recovery, Banner Rehabilitation Hospital brings innovation and cutting-edge technologies to treatment.

Below are some of the many advances now available to appropriate patients:

  • Robotic therapies, such as the Armeo Spring Trainer®, to improve motor function
  • Body-weight supported treadmill training and electrical stimulation devices to improve balance, gait and walking
  • Electrical stimulation, mirror therapy and other strategies to improve arm and hand function
  • Vision therapies such as prism adaptation therapy that involves the use of special goggles and the Bioness Integrated Therapy System® (BITS), which uses a touchscreen to improve hand/eye coordination and other visual challenges 
  • Videofluoroscopy, a special type of X-ray, and VitalStim® a non-invasive external electrical stimulation therapy, applied to the neck, to diagnose and treat swallowing disorders
  • Computer-based exercises to improve memory, concentration, decision-making and other cognitive skills
  • Medications to manage spasticity
  • Equipment that allows individuals to turn on lights, a television, etc., with greater ease and independence
  • Adaptive gaming and other platforms to help individuals participate in recreational and social activities

Stroke recovery. Let us help.

We will work closely with you, your family, your physician and/or the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to Banner Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Did you know?

Studies show that stroke survivors treated at a rehabilitation hospital like Banner Rehabilitation Hospital have a higher level of independence and are more likely to be discharged home than those treated in other care settings.

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