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Rehabilitating After A Stroke

Posted by West Ridge Care Center on Jun 15, 2017 5:27:33 PM


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A stroke can be fatal, but as medical technology improves, so do patient outcomes.

Growing public awareness has helped people identify the symptoms of an impending stroke, allowing more people to seek emergency, life-saving treatment. As a result, more people are surviving strokes—and more people are in need of treatment to address both the short-term and long-term side effects.

What’s Affected by a Stroke?

Strokes occur in the brain—the epicenter for balance and coordination, speech, memory and so much more. This means strokes can have a profound effect not only on physical coordination, but on mood and behaviors as well. 

Families of stroke victims are often surprised to notice both subtle and overt changes to personality. But what else is affected?

  • Motor skills: coordination, strength
  • General mobility: stability, balance
  • Personality: emotions, behaviors, mood
  • Cognition: memory and processing
  • Communication: speech, listening, writing


Getting Treatment

After being discharged from the hospital, the road to recovery is just beginning for many stroke patients. But according to the Mayo clinic, “Researchers have found that people who participate in a focused stroke rehabilitation program perform better than most people who don’t have stroke rehabilitation.” 

It’s important that treatment begins immediately once a patient’s medical condition is stable, usually within the first couple days of the stroke. Often, treatment will begin at the hospital and continue at an outpatient program or at a skilled care facility like West Ridge.


Stroke Rehabilitation at a Skilled Care Facility

For patients who have medical issues under control, but still need basic assistance with things like eating, moving around or bathing after a stroke, a skilled care facility can help patients regain lost abilities and assist in the transition back to independent living.

West Ridge’s team of skilled rehab specialists include physical, occupational and speech therapists, as well as dietitians and other licensed care professionals. In addition to expirienced staff, top-of-the-line therapeutic equipment ensures that patients receive excellent care, while a comfortable, home-like environment sets the tone for recovery. Because West Ridge is an Eden Alternative registered facility, the care we provide addresses not only the immediate physical needs of patients, but their emotional and social needs too.


If you or a loved one are considering rehabilitating at West Ridge after a stroke, please contact our staff to learn more about our philosophy of care and schedule a tour to visit our facilities in person.


This blog contains discussion about health-related subjects, and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnose or treat any disease or illness. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact your doctor immediately or call 9-1-1.

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