A multi-disciplinary team approach
Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
Recovery from stroke can be challenging due to problems with physical
activities, thinking, and communication.
The St.Vincent Stroke Team consists of:
- registered nurses
- physical therapists
- occupational therapists
- speech therapists
- case managers
- social workers
Together our team members work to address each patient’s
individual needs with a specific care plan that includes the St. Vincent
holistic values of healing the body, mind and spirit.
registered neuroscience nurses are specially trained to care for stroke
patients and supervise all care given to the patients throughout their
course of treatment.
When should stroke rehabilitation begin?
St.Vincent, stroke rehabilitation begins upon the patient's admission
to the hospital. About two-thirds of all stroke patients need some type
of rehabilitation to cover as fully as possible and achieve the best
long-term results. The severity of stroke complications and each
person’s ability to recover and regain lost abilities and skills varies
Stroke effects vary depending on what part of the brain
is affected and the severity of the stroke. Some of the following
problems may occur as a result of a stroke:
- Weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
- Loss of sensation, numbness or pain
- Loss of balance or coordination
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Complete or partial blindness
- Trouble swallowing (dysphasia)
- Speech difficulties or inability to speak (aphasia)
- Memory and thought difficulties
- Tiring easily and ignoring things on one side of the body (neglect or inattention)
How long does stroke rehabilitation last?
some stroke survivors recover quickly, most stroke patients require
some form of long-term stroke rehabilitation. As needed, physical
therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy will be included in a
patient’s care plan. Families are encouraged to participate and to learn
how to assist their loved ones throughout the rehabilitation process.
case managers assist patients and families with post-hospital medical
needs such as arranging for home-based care, inpatient and outpatient
rehabilitation services and facilities, locating medical equipment and
support and education groups.