Bethesda Hospital East

Stroke Rehabilitation

 

Strokes affect everyone differently and may result in a number of problems such as difficulty with speech, swallowing, ambulating, getting in and out of bed and decreased ability to do activities of daily living such as getting dressed. Bethesda Outpatient Rehabilitation Programs offer therapy services to patients following a stroke or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack).

 

The benefits of therapy may include: 

  • Increased independence in activities of daily living
  • Increased flexibility, coordination and strength 
  • Improved gait and/or wheelchair mobility 
  • Increased knowledge about strokes and their risk factors
  • Improved speech and swallowing 
  • Improved cognition for problem solving and home management

A physician's prescription is required before starting therapy.  Following an initial evaluation, our licensed therapists, including physical, occupational and speech therapists, design a treatment plan to meet your individual needs and goals. The purpose of the program, depending on individual needs, is to help you:

  • Increase independence with activities of daily living through:
    Adaptive equipment and compensatory techniques
    Fine motor and coordination exercises
    Care giver education and training
  • Decrease spasticity through:
    Positioning
    Neuro-developmental techniques
    Gentle stretching
  • Improve mobility through:
    Gait training
    Wheelchair mobility and training
    Transfer training
    Orthotic assessment (AFO's)
  • Improve flexibility, coordination and strength through:
    Stretching
    Therapeutic and coordination exercises
    Home exercise programs
  • Improve speech and swallowing through:
    Video swallowing assessments
    Dysphagia exercises and swallowing strategies
    Speech retraining
    Word finding strategies
  • Improve cognition and safety awareness through:
    Functional tasks, including homemaking
    Training in financial management
    Visual perceptual re-training

 Diagnoses commonly referred to Bethesda's Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Program include:

  • CVA
  • TIA 
  • Spasticity related to CVA 
  • Hemiparesis

Stroke Club

Bethesda Outpatient Rehabilitation also offers a support group, the Stroke Club, for survivors and supporters. For more information, call 561.737.7733, ext. 83974.

 

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment, call Central Scheduling at 561.374.5700.
To learn more about Bethesda's Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Program, call 561.737.7733, ext. 84950.