Stroke Recovery: Medical Attention, Rehabilitation and Support

May 8, 2023
Aide helping an older man with physical rehabilitation

May is National Stroke Month, a time to raise awareness about stroke detection and recovery.

A stroke is a medical emergency with potentially life-altering consequences. It’s important to understand the significance of prompt medical attention, rehabilitation, and support in stroke recovery. Let’s explore these key parts of stroke recovery and how they contribute to the journey towards regaining independence and rebuilding lives.

Part 1: The Urgency of Prompt Medical Attention

Immediate medical attention is key in stroke recovery. Recognizing the signs and symptoms, such as sudden numbness or weakness, difficulty speaking, loss of vision, loss of balance or severe headache, is crucial. By calling emergency services (911) or visiting the nearest hospital, you can ensure proper diagnosis and treatment, helping to minimize the damage caused by a stroke.

Part 2: The Role of Rehabilitation in Stroke Recovery

Rehabilitation is at the foundation of stroke recovery, enabling individuals to regain lost functions and improve overall quality of life. Personalized therapies, including physical, occupational, and speech therapy, work towards restoring mobility, enhancing communication skills, and promoting independence. Ongoing rehabilitation often maximizes recovery potential, allowing stroke survivors to reclaim their lives.

Part 3: The Power of Support in Stroke Recovery

A strong support system is invaluable in the challenging journey of stroke recovery. Family, friends, and healthcare professionals provide emotional support, motivation, and practical assistance. Support groups and organizations offer resources, education, and a sense of community, helping stroke survivors cope with physical, emotional, and lifestyle changes.

As we observe National Stroke Month in May, it is crucial to spread awareness about stroke recovery resources. Catholic Health Services offers exceptional stroke rehabilitation programs through our dedicated Stroke Rehabilitation Teams at St. Anthony’s, St. Catherine’s, and St. Catherine’s West Hospitals. With the primary goal of designing individualized interdisciplinary programs, these teams help each patient achieve a maximum level of functional independence, facilitating their return home and resumption of daily lives. Catholic Health Services’ state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospitals feature modern equipment, advanced biomedically devices like Bioness™ and Biodex™, as well as on-site aquatic centers.

We believe successful rehabilitation after a stroke requires a great deal of compassion, support and encouragement. If you or your loved one has been affected by a stroke and you would like to inquire about our programs, please contact us here.

Visit the CDC Stroke page for more information.