How should I choose a stroke rehabilitation program?

You need to weigh a number of important factors when choosing a stroke rehabilitation program. Guidelines published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggest that you ask the following questions:

  • If you are considering an outpatient program, is there someone at home who can provide care when you are at home? Is transportation available?
  • Does the program provide the services you need, such as speech, physical, or occupational therapy?
  • Does the program match your abilities, or is it too demanding or too easy?
  • Does the program have a good reputation in the community?
  • Is the program certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities or the Joint Commission?
  • Does the staff include registered physical and occupational therapists and physiatrists?
  • If the program is residential, can relatives and friends visit easily?
  • Are patients and relatives actively involved in rehabilitation decisions?
  • What portion of the cost is covered by Medicare or private medical insurance?

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