Importance of Stroke Rehabilitation for stroke recovery

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Besides being the number 3 killer in the world, stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Mental and physical disability is common among stroke survivors. Stroke rehabilitation should not stop when you are discharged from the hospital. Successful rehabilitation depends on a variety of factors. The start time of the rehabilitation, the severity of the brain injury and the stroke survivors attitude are all important factors. The support and cooperation of family and friends and the skill of the rehabilitation team also play a large role.

Regaining independence and function is the main goal of rehabilitation with stroke survivors. A large focus is usually on improving physical abilities. Old everyday tasks and skills will have to be re-learnt or new modified skills will have to be learnt to adapt to the new functioning capabilities of the survivor. Because in most cases post stroke their will be a large decline in the amount of movement being done, the maintenance of the physical body is also very important. Stroke rehabilitation can start early while the survivor is still in the hospital. You want to prevent secondary problems such as stiff joints, second stroke and bedsores etc.

Importance of Stroke Rehabilitation

Importance of Stroke Rehabilitation

The support of the family during the stroke rehabilitation process is vitally important. Family support and participation is a huge factor in the success of recovery. A positive attitude and knowledge of what to expect can make a huge difference. Family members should educate themselves as much as possible to try and understand what the stroke survivor has been through and appreciate the psychological repercussions of having a stroke.

Stroke rehabilitation can be performed in may different places. Inpatient and outpatient facilities are usually found in larger hospitals. There are some skilled nursing facilities that offer stroke rehabilitation. Home-based rehabilitation programs are also an option for stroke survivors and are beneficial because they can save on therapy and transportation costs. They can also allow a more flexible rehab schedule.

The length of rehabilitation will of course depend on many factors. The severity of the stroke suffered, the pre-existing health of the patient and age of the patient all must be taken into consideration. Usually stroke survivors will have a period of contact with some in-house rehabilitation. This is usually followed up with therapy of some sort at an outside facility for several weeks or months. For some rehabilitation can be a long road ahead. Therefore, it is important that stroke rehabilitation is continued at home after they have finished their therapy at a rehabiliation center.

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