Short-Term Rehabilitation for Successful Stroke Recovery

According to the National Stroke Association article “Rehabilitation Therapy After a Stroke,” stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term adult disability, affecting approximately 795,000 people each year in the U.S. The good news is that stroke survivors and their families can find workable solutions to even the most difficult situations by approaching every problem with patience, perseverance and creativity. Early rehabilitation can improve physical and mental functioning and sometimes, remarkable recoveries are achieved for persons who have suffered a stroke.

Post-Hospital Stroke Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation typically begins in the hospital as soon as possible following a stroke. For patients who are stable, rehabilitation may begin within two days after the stroke has occurred and should be continued as necessary after their release from the hospital. Today there are a variety of post-hospital stroke recovery options available to patients, including:

  • Short-term rehabilitation centers specializing in stroke recovery
  • Long-term care communities that provide therapy and skilled nursing care
  • Returning home with outpatient therapy

Returning Individuals to Their Highest Level of Functional Independence

These days, many people are discharged from the hospital before they are ready and able to go home. They need additional time, support and care to fully recuperate from an illness, surgery or accident in order to return home safely. For these individuals, short-term rehabilitation provides an ideal solution.

The goal of short-term stroke rehabilitation is to improve the individual’s level of functioning so that they can become as independent as possible and return home safely. This is achieved in a way that preserves the person’s dignity and motivates them to relearn the basic skills that the stroke may have impaired – skills such as walking, eating, dressing and bathing.

Marilyn Kerr, R.N., Director of Nursing, Saunders House, says, “A stroke can be a very frightening experience for the individual as well as for his or her family. Fortunately, there are highly specialized rehabilitative care services available today that are enabling stroke patients to return to their homes and enjoy a productive, fulfilling life.”

“Today, post-hospital short-term rehabilitation is a very popular choice for many individuals recovering from a stroke. Leading short-term rehabilitation communities that specialize in stroke recovery offer advantages over in-hospital care, including more comfortable surroundings and a relaxed, homelike environment.”

“When considering a short-term stroke rehabilitation center, it is important to choose carefully and look for specific factors that are associated with high quality care. For example:”

  • Specialized expertise and services in stroke care
  • Board certified physicians and certified specialists in physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapy
  • A full-time Registered Nurse (RN) in the center at all times
  • Quality patient recovery outcomes and patient satisfaction
  • The Center is Medicare/Medicaid-certified and multiple insurance plans are accepted
  • Personalized care plans for each individual
  • A clean and attractive environment
  • A choice of nutritious food items at each meal
  • A welcoming, family-friendly environment

From Hospital to Health to Home

As an example, Saunders House in Wynnewood, PA offers RenewAll Short-Term & Medically Complex Care – a program that has been developed specifically to support a successful recovery and safe return home.

The RenewAll program balances medical management and physical rehabilitation to treat a variety of conditions and needs, including, but not limited to:

  • Stroke
  • Joint replacement
  • Cardiopulmonary disease
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Reconditioning post-illness or injury

Our Rehabilitation Team works with patients seven days a week to help them return to the highest level of independence possible. A program of care is designed to improve the skills needed to participate in important daily activities such as personal care, home management and meal preparation, balance, eating and speech.

A Team of Professionals Guides Your Recovery

To help you meet your specific stroke recovery goals, your rehab program is created by a team of highly skilled professionals. We take an interdisciplinary team approach to delivering care – an approach that collaborates with your personal physician to achieve optimal results. In accomplishing each patient’s specific goals, they and their family members work with our professional team that includes:

  • Medical Director specializing in geriatric care
  • Fully-certified physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses & Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapists
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialists
  • Dietary & Nutrition Specialists
  • Discharge Planners & Social Workers

Personalized Care Plans Meet Your Unique Recovery Needs

The chief goal of RenewAll is to ensure a smooth and safe transition to home for each of our resident patients. To achieve this goal, our Interdisciplinary Care Team develops personalized, comprehensive recovery plans designed to meet each individual’s special needs. These plans are then provided on a one-on-one basis to achieve measurable improvement and the best medical outcomes possible. 

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Discover our Healthy Tradition of Care and Wellness

Located adjacent to Lankenau Hospital, Saunders House – part of Main Line Senior Care Alliance – has a celebrated tradition of providing exceptional care and services to seniors and their families. It’s a tradition we’re proud to continue.

Today, Saunders House offers a range of services, including short-term rehabilitationtraditional nursing care, restorative carememory carerespite care and specialized care for individuals with visual impairments – all in a setting that is warm, welcoming and nurturing.

For more information on Saunders House, our Short-Term Rehabilitation program and other professional services, please call us today at (610) 658-5100 or contact us online.


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