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Stroke Rehabilitation - What To Expect At Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital

Updated: May 25, 2022

Indianapolis Rehabilitation Hospital at Carmel offers patients and their families high-quality stroke rehabilitation care in our beautiful, and comfortable state-of-the-art hospital. Recovery after a stroke varies for each person depending on the type and the severity of the stroke. However, with inpatient medical rehabilitation, post-stroke patients can achieve the best possible long-term outcome.

Some fast facts about stroke:

  • More than 800,000 people in the U.S. experience a stroke each year

  • Women have unique stroke risk factors including - high blood pressure during pregnancy, use of certain types of birth control, and if they are smokers

  • In a 2019 study, 4.2% of Indiana adult residents were told they’d suffered a stroke

  • In the same study, more than 9% of stroke patients were 65+ years old and over 5% of those treated for stroke were between the ages of 45-64 - both of these statistics higher percentage-wise than U.S. numbers

  • There are an estimated 6.5 million stroke survivors living in the U.S. today.

  • For all stroke survivors, rehabilitation can substantially help patients relearn skills such as talking, walking, eating, and other skills impacted by the stroke and damage to the brain

  • Rehab therapy can not undo the effects of a stroke, rehabilitation can help patients minimize lasting effects and regain as much independence as possible

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a sudden interruption in the blood supply to the brain typically caused by an abrupt blockage of arteries leading to the brain. Other strokes are caused by bleeding into the brain tissue when a blood vessel bursts. Strokes occur quite rapidly and require immediate treatment; therefore, a stroke has also been referred to as a 'brain attack.' When symptoms of a stroke only last a short time (less than an hour), these events are called a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or are often referred to as a mini-stroke.

The effects of a stroke depend on which part of the brain is injured, and how severely it is damaged. Strokes may cause sudden weakness, loss of sensation, or difficulty speaking, seeing, or walking.

When does rehabilitation start?

Stroke rehabilitation therapy can begin as early as a day or two later. The patient's health is first stabilized, and the patient's ability to participate in inpatient rehab therapy is assessed. Some patients need more recovery time or other medical treatment before transitioning to an intensive rehab program. Patients can expect around 3 hours of therapy daily that comprises physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.

Stroke Treatment Team

At an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital like Indianapolis Rehabilitation Hospital, patients will have a team of health care providers, including specialized rehab physicians and nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists. This multidisciplinary approach ensures the patient's goals are achieved, and the patient returns to the highest function possible.

The stroke rehab treatment team addresses the physical impairments and the psychological impairments such as depression and other psychosocial impacts from the stroke. The recovery process is unique to each patient, and an individualized plan of care is established with each patient. The engagement by the patient with the treatment team and the therapy plan, as well as a strong support system of family and loved ones, leads to the highest possible outcomes.

How Indianapolis Rehabilitation Hospital can help

Our specialized team of stroke rehabilitation experts works together daily, sharing their expertise to create a comprehensive, well-rounded individualized stroke rehab program focusing on addressing the patient's physical, cognitive, psychological, social, educational, and work-related needs. For a stroke patient, getting back to living may be as simple as regaining the ability to bathe / shower and get dressed, and in our inpatient rehabilitation hospital we offer a full-size bathtub to make practicing this as close to home as possible. It may also be relearning how to speak for other patients, socializing with friends and loved ones, or even driving to work.

Indianapolis Rehabilitation Hospital offers this multidisciplinary approach in a state-of-the-art medical hospital with advanced technology in a new and modern environment to help patients return to the healthiest and highest level of independent living.

Indianapolis Rehabilitation Hospital at Carmel - 463.333.9110

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