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Stroke Program

Highlights of our Stroke Specialty Program

Providence St. Peter is accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, as an inpatient Stroke Specialty Program and a nationally accredited Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.  Patients receive care from a team of stroke specialists, including physical, occupational and speech therapists, MSW, rehabilitation nurses and a physiatrist specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Using a team approach, our stroke specialty program provides individualized treatment plans that address the complicated needs of individuals who have experienced a stroke. Family members are encouraged to be actively involved in the care and attend therapy sessions whenever possible so they may reinforce new techniques being taught. Research shows the more involved the family is during rehabilitation, the higher the success rate is for returning home. Our ultimate goal is to achieve functional outcomes focused on home and community integration, helping patients enjoy the best quality of life possible.  
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Providence St. Peter’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Stroke Program provides interventions in the following areas:

Promotion of lifestyle changes that focus on reducing the risk factors for recurrent stroke: Knowing your risk for stroke is the first step in preventing stroke. Patients and families are provided with education that focuses on modifiable risk factors such as high blood pressure, tobacco or alcohol use, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, and cardiac disease. We encourage self-management of health issues and consistent medical support and use of the healthcare system. Patients and families are taught how to recognize the warning signs of stroke and the importance of calling 911 immediately. During a stroke, every minute counts!

Prevention, recognition, assessment and treatment of conditions related to stroke: After a stroke you may develop other complications such as fatigue, depression, pneumonia, spasms/abnormal muscle tone, seizure, pain or bowel/bladder dysfunction. Patients and families are taught how to minimize the risk of secondary complications and when needed, receive treatment for conditions related to stroke.

Functional Independence: Recovering as much function as possible as early as possible is crucial for making the best long-term recovery. This is accomplished with skilled rehabilitation interventions, training, and use of adaptive equipment and/or techniques. Both you and your family will be active partners, as together, we prepare for your transition back to the community. Our rehabilitation team is committed to maximizing recovery from the physical, cognitive, and psychological impairments caused by stroke. Our stroke program includes:
  • Mobility training which may include strengthening, balance training, walking or wheelchair mobility and transfer training
  • Activities to enhance the skills needed to perform daily activities such as eating, dressing, grooming and bathing
  • Home management activities such as meal preparation, laundry, money management, and medication management
  • Swallow strategies and diet recommendations
  • Interventions to improve speech/language skills, memory, and problem solving 
  • Identification of equipment needs and education regarding equipment use
  • Discharge planning and community resources
  • Family education and training which begins upon admission and continues throughout the rehabilitation stay
Coping and Adaptation skills: Our rehabilitation psychologist, medical social worker, peer volunteers and our team of clinicians/nurses assist patients and their family members/support system with learning techniques for coping and adapting to life after stroke. In addition, we provide resources for both you and your care partner to help support continued recovery once you have transitioned back home.

Community Integration: During your rehabilitation stay, you will have the opportunity to participate in activities that help you re-learn the skills that will enable you to participate in activities at home, work, school and/or recreational settings. Community integration skills are taught as part of therapy and activities relating to a patient's life roles are simulated and practiced during the rehabilitation process. Community integration activities may include car transfer training, home evaluations, cooking groups, and/or off-site outings.   

Services for Families/Care partners: Stroke affects the whole family and often causes roles and responsibilities within the family to change. We encourage family members and caregivers to be actively involved in education and training so that everyone feels more confident and prepared for discharge. Local, regional and national support resources are provided.

Continuum of Care: To help individuals successfully transition to life at home, at work and in the community, Providence St. Peter provides a seamless continuum of inpatient through outpatient care. Our rehabilitation team coordinates and schedules follow-up medical and therapy appointments. Emphasis is place on follow-up with a primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care doctor, our staff will assist you in finding one. Providence St. Peter Hospital offers a full scope of outpatient physical, occupational and speech/swallowing therapy services.