The Road to Recovery
Your rehabilitation after a stroke or other neurologic event will begin as soon as possible — usually while you're still in the hospital. In many instances following a stroke or other brain illness, you may require inpatient rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation helps you become as independent as possible. You'll learn to adjust to changes in your brain and body, as well as how to manage daily living activities. Part of your rehabilitation may include neuropsychology rehabilitation services, which can help you cope with your condition and manage depression or anxiety following brain illness or injury.
Support Networks Are a Pivotal Part of Recovery
Family, friends and other supportive people in your life are an extension of your care team. Their involvement and commitment is vital. Their support can strengthen your resolve and speed your recovery. Our team will talk with you and your loved ones about the value of mutual support throughout your recovery. You may also want them to participate in our specialized support groups. A shared experience and a word of encouragement can make a world of difference for you and your family.
Before you leave the hospital, you’ll receive:
- Discharge instructions. Our team will discuss your discharge plan with you and your family, which may include assistance from our integrated care team to help you plan the next phase of care. You'll be instructed about how to arrange and access whatever you need — including rehabilitation services — to restore everyday function and independence.
- Risk assessment. Our team will evaluate your risk of another stroke or other complications. We'll work with you to prevent future injury and provide information about ways to lower your risk, — such as not smoking, having a strong support network, and making healthy lifestyle choices.
- Education about warning signs and getting help. You'll receive instructions about how to recognize a stroke (act F.A.S.T.), as well as how to get help. We’ll remind you that if you have symptoms, you should call 911 immediately for rapid transport to a stroke-certified hospital — and notify the 911 dispatcher of specific symptoms and when they began.
- Medications. Doctors often use prescription medications to prevent brain injury. If your doctor prescribes medications, you'll receive clear instructions about how and when to take them. Medications may be used to limit stroke damage, as well as help prevent another stroke or brain illness.
- Information about community resources. You'll learn about the services available to help you and your family, such as home care and educational resources through our Health Library & Resource Center. Our care coordination staff can inform you about hospital and community resources — including therapeutic support groups, such as the Women's Empowerment Group for women recovering from stroke.
Follow-up Care and Staying Healthy
Since having certain brain illnesses — such as a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke — increases your odds of having another, we'll work with you to prevent another stroke or related complications. Your doctor will discuss lifestyle changes and other ways to lower your risk. He or she may recommend other therapies, such as medication, and your treatment plan will include regular follow-up care.
When it comes to taking care of your brain, a little prevention goes a long way. For example, according to the American Stroke Association, a stunning 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Follow your care team's lead to enjoy a healthier future.