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What is stroke rehabilitation?

Depending on a person's needs after a stroke, rehabilitation can take place in an acute care and rehabilitation hospital, in a long-term care facility, at home (with assistance provided through a home health agency) and/or at an outpatient facility. Talk to your doctor about the best approach for your situation, and look for a care facility that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

The most effective rehabilitation programs involve a multidisciplinary approach: physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, along with optimal medical care, in a calming environment and coordinated by a doctor with expertise in neurorehabilitation.

The ultimate goal is for individuals who have suffered a stroke to achieve the greatest degree of independence in the least restrictive environment possible. Time will be spent developing self-care skills such as feeding, grooming, bathing and dressing; mobility skills including walking or self-propelling a wheelchair; speech and language skills; memory or problem-solving skills and skills necessary for social interaction.

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