In the aftermath of a stroke, many patients come to terms with the fact that a stroke can be a very isolating event. They may feel frustrated by the fact that their cognitive and motor skills aren’t at the levels they were before, and upset by their caregivers’ ability to comprehend what it’s like to go through stroke treatment.
When it comes to recovery from stroke, everybody is different. It depends on where the stroke was, how big or how small the stroke was. It also depends on if it was a clot or if it was bleeding that caused the stroke.
A full recovery can sometimes take up to a year to have no more deficits from stroke. And some cases will still not be completely resolved even then, because it takes a long time for the brain to heal and rejuvenate itself.
Medical research shows that stroke therapy can benefit a patient’s physical and mental health, as stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability for adults in the United States. Using your condition prior to stroke as a baseline, rehabilitation programs provide a safe, comfortable setting to advance patient progress and relearn skills.
Stroke Therapy & Rehabilitation
Because stroke is death of the brain, many of its side effects influence the extent to which stroke patients are able to be independent in daily life. The Catholic Health approach to stroke rehab is team-based – we work together to give you your best chance at recovery, while you commit to working on yourself.
From feeding yourself to effectively communicating, limitations to cognitive and motor skills resulting from stroke can only be improved with practice. The most effective rehabilitation programs are oriented toward both a patient’s strengths and weaknesses, with a specialist present for stabilization and encouragement.
A team of stroke care experts, which may include physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, and rehabilitation specialists, works with survivors and their caregivers to create a personalized recovery program that reflects the patient’s needs.
Why Are Stroke Support Groups So Important?
Our support groups give patients the opportunity to discover a community that understands what they’re going through. These are free services offered by Catholic Health and our affiliated facilities in the form of a monthly meeting. We have three stroke support groups that meet in different locations: Kenmore Mercy Hospital in the Northtowns, and Mercy Hospital and OLV Senior Neighborhood for the Southtowns.
There is a guest speaker present at each meeting to discuss various topics of interest with attendees, from suggestions for a healthy lifestyle to coping with feelings of depression.
Our support groups aren’t just intended for stroke patients, either – oftentimes, caregivers may find themselves in a situation they weren’t necessarily prepared for. Stroke support groups are the perfect environment to share experiences and seek advice from others dealing with the effects of stroke in their lives.