cOMPREHENSIVE CARE

FOR STROKE PATIENTS

 

“Five months ago I was wheelchair-bound...couldn’t feed myself or talk…this place has done wonders...now riding a bicycle...all the people here are wonderful”

- David D., Stroke Survivor

WHAT IS STROKE?

A stroke occurs when there is an interruption of blood supply to the brain. As a result, nerve cells in the affected area of the brain are deprived of oxygen and die rapidly. When nerve cells die, the areas of the body controlled by these cells are unable to function. Symptoms may include: weakness of a leg, arm or face, confusion, dizziness, loss of balance, sudden severe headache, trouble seeing, A stroke is a medical emergency and receiving immediate treatment can prevent or reduce disability. If you think you are having a stroke, it is important to call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital ER.

 

TYPES OF STROKES

Over 800,000 strokes occur in the United States every year. Because only 10% prove to be fatal, there are millions of persons living with the effects of stroke. In fact, Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the country. Most strokes, 80% are ischemic in nature. What this means is that a blood clot forms and travels to the brain, blocking blood flow to a particular area of the brain. A less serious form of this is called a TIA – Transient Ischemic Accident – wherein the blood clot dissolves and the affect dissipates. More serious are Hemorrhagic strokes; for further information please click HERE>

 

TREATING A STROKE

Stroke is treated in hospitals using both drug therapies in the ER and non-interventional techniques to either dissolve or remove blood clots or to repair damage to a ruptured vessel. It is important to get treatment quickly to attempt to reduce damage to the brain and minimize deficits that may result. However, it is important to note, while only 15% of stroke survivors experience deficits that require institutional care, 65% of survivors suffer from some limiting disability. Intensive rehabilitation will result in a lessening of symptoms but it is important to understand that improvement and recovery may continue for many years post-stroke. That is where we come in.

 

OUR APPROACH TO TREATMENT

For over 40 years, we have provided rehabilitative care to stroke survivors, with comprehensive care tailored to each individual in a safe and secure environment. All recovering stroke patients are encouraged to participate in regularly scheduled exercise and speech therapy programs, focused cognitive and behavioral programs, and social skill-building activities such as continental breakfast, special events, and fun entertainment. The focus of therapy and education is to help patients regain physical mobility including improving walking, balance and strength as well as acquiring the skills to perform activities of daily living including reading and writing. We also help the patient’s family to cope with adjustment to their diagnosis. 

 

Our outcomes studies show that stroke survivors treated at our facility have a higher level of functional independence, cognitive ability and engagement in activities of daily living.

 

Regularly Scheduled

Therapeutic activities

Monday – Friday:  8:30am —1:00pm

* Wellness education - memory, cognition, fine-motor-skills, arts, crafts, chair yoga, games, music and dance

* Individual and group speech therapy, including reading and singing

* Individual exercise therapy using special equipment –e.g. stationary cycles, and conditioning machines

* Group cardio exercise, strength training, stretching and bicycling

* Support groups for patients and caregivers

* Lunch program, emphasizing heart-healthy, low-fat, low-salt, low-sugar foods

* Individual activities to address loss of physical function and psychological issues

* Case management by our interdisciplinary team with chronic care expertise 

 

For the current month’s Activities Calendar, click HERE>        For the Café Menus, please click here HERE>

To become a member of the Neuro Vitality Center family or to get further information – whether as patient, caregiver, family member, physician, volunteer or donor – please contact us

by phone 760-323-7676 or e-mail at  info@neurovitalitycenter.org

 

COMPASSIONATE, EFFECTIVE, AFFORDABLE CARE