woman at an inpatient stroke rehab

At Bella Vista Health Center, our Stroke Rehabilitation program helps survivors relearn skills that are lost following a stroke. Through a goal-oriented treatment plan that involves physical, occupational, and speech therapies, our cross-functional team works together to teach stroke patients new ways of performing tasks so they can regain independence and improve their quality of life.

Rehabilitation starts in the hospital as soon as possible following a stroke. If a loved one requires ongoing medical attention after being released from the hospital, he or she may enter our inpatient stroke rehabilitation program to continue receiving daily, individualized therapy sessions. Key areas of work at our stroke rehabilitation center include mobility training, range-of-motion therapy, and motor skills exercises. Regaining lost abilities in speaking, listening, writing, memory, and problem solving are also emphasized.

Inpatient stroke rehabilitation

The sooner a stroke patient begins rehabilitation, the more likely he or she is to regain lost abilities and skills. At Bella Vista Health Center, we coordinate with the doctors who treated your loved one to address all aspects of his or her care during recovery. Residents in our stroke rehabilitation program receive a minimum of an hour and a half to two hours of therapy per day, five to six days a week. Depending on the severity of your loved one’s stroke and any related complications, we will develop a specialized rehabilitation program focused on the areas that will help him or her become as independent as possible. In particular, our therapists are trained to help individuals:

  • Find new ways of cooking, eating, bathing, grooming, and dressing

  • Relearn to swallow

  • Communicate with spoken and written words

  • Find the right words when speaking

  • Regain balance and coordination

  • Learn exercises to strengthen muscles for walking

  • Learn and remember new information

  • Follow directions and pay attention

  • Regain motor skills

  • Manage health problems to prevent a future stroke

  • Improve thinking and movement skills for recreational activities

Stroke and dementia speech therapy

If a patient suffers cognitive issues following a stroke, he or she may need dementia speech therapy. While there is no cure for dementia, speech therapy can slow the progression of the disease and help your loved one remain as independent as possible. At Bella Vista Health Center, our speech therapists work with stroke and dementia patients to design a unique plan of care that strengthens the knowledge and memory processes, increases attention span, and improves problem solving skills. We can also educate a patient’s family on how to care for their loved one once he or she is released into the home environment.

Stroke and dementia occupational therapy

When a stroke affects a patient’s ability to perform daily functions, he or she may need dementia occupational therapy. The goal of dementia occupational therapy is to focus on strengthening the patient’s remaining abilities and make modifications to maintain independence for as long as possible. When designing a patient’s plan of care, our occupational therapists consider preferences and interests to create meaningful activities. We also help dementia patients with basic ADL (activities of daily living) retraining such as dressing, eating, and grooming so they can perform as much of their own self-care as they safely can.

For more information on Bella Vista Health Center’s stroke rehabilitation program, please contact us at (619) 644-1000.