Updated: Sep 17, 2022
Stroke Rehabilitation incorporates a collection of therapy and or activities that drives your recovery. This therapy team is likely to include:
Your rehabilitation program aims to help you to re-learn and or find new ways / strategies of doing things that were affected by your stroke. This program aims to stimulate neuroplasticity or in other words your brains ability to adapt and change. This occurs by creating new brain pathways, you may learn to use other parts of your brain to recover the functions of those parts that were affected by your stroke.
What to expect?
It is important to understand that everyone’s stroke is different and therefor hard to predict the extent of your recover. Assembling the right rehabilitation team and putting the hard work in gives you the best chance of maximising your recovery. The most rapid improvement happens over the first 6 months however some stroke survivors can continue to make improvements for years.
If you have suffered a Stroke you will be taken to an acute hospital where you will either be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of Stroke Unit (if you are medically stable enough). It is here that your rehabilitation journey starts. Once you have demonstrated rehabilitation potential and you are deemed medically stable enough the aim is to transfer you to a rehabilitation facility to continue your rehabilitation journey. Once your physical capacity has been reached a decision on wether you can return home or require a more supportive care arrangement is made. If you have been discharged home you are likely to be referred to Day Therapy which is a continuation of your rehabilitation while in the community. From here if you are under the age of 65 years you have likely been accepted onto the NDIS and can source your own therapists to continue the rehabilitation process. If you are over the age of 65 years you will need to self fund the therapy from this point.
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