For Stroke Survivors, Rehabilitation Therapy
After a stroke has occurred, rehabilitation therapy will usually begin at the hospital, typically within 24 to 48 hours, when the condition of the patient stabilizes somewhat. Then, while some are discharged after the treatment, others are recommended to a nursing facility highly skilled in rehabilitation therapy, before they are sent home.
The range of services will vary, depending on the severity of the condition and the needs of the patient. They may include:
Nurses and doctors making periodic visits to tend to the patient with medicine compliance, check-ups of vitals, care of pressure sores/catheter/tracheostomy and symptoms day-to-day management.
It is necessary to treat problems related to movement, strengthen muscles, help restore physical function and deal with problems related to coordination, balance and movement.
Purpose here is to assist in readjusting to and relearning daily activities like dressing, walking and eating, all of which are impaired when a stroke has occurred.
Great help in regaining communication skills and language and also addressing problems in swallowing, commonly identified as dysphagia, which for people suffering a stroke a common problem.
Mental Health Counseling:
Designed to help prevent long-term depression, as well as help the patient deal with behavioral and emotional changes commonly experienced following a stroke.
Here Are Some Suggestions To Be Kept In Mind:
Urgent care must be sought immediately after the initial symptoms of the stroke have appeared. Those getting to the hospital within the first few hours tend to have less disability then those not doing so.
It is vital that all medical information be kept right on hand at all times, as well as making every effort to keep other risk factors under control such as hypertension and diabetes, with proper medications.
When recovering from a stroke, it is vital you maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet. This is another reason that proper home care be maintained at all times.
It is so important that any exercises suggested by the doctor be performed and all medications taken as suggested. Following the prescribed regimen is so important to the recovery efforts.
Exercise is critical to recovery, but it must be maintained within limits safe to the patient. The physician involved or an occupational therapist can monitor this properly.
To maximize results and avoid depression, maintaining a positive attitude is so important. All efforts to reduce stress levels are vital for maintaining a positive outlook.
Be aware that first stroke victims have greater chances of having another than the rest of the population, so it is so important to remain vigilant at all times. Reading about tips to prevent strokes can also be of great help moving forward.