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:
- Improve mobility through:
Wheelchair mobility and training
Orthotic assessment (AFO's)
- Improve flexibility, coordination and strength through:
Therapeutic and coordination exercises
Home exercise programs
- Improve speech and swallowing through:
Video swallowing assessments
Dysphagia exercises and swallowing strategies
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:
- Spasticity related to CVA
Bethesda Outpatient Rehabilitation also offers a support group, the Stroke Club, for survivors and supporters. For more information, call 561-737-7733, ext. 83974.
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.