|Early Winter 2009|
|Stroke Rehabilitation and Support |
Stroke Rehabilitation and Support
After a stroke, survivors may need to adjust
their routine or find new ways to do everyday
things, such as writing, holding a fork, dressing,
walking or speaking clearly.
Bridgeport Hospital’s stroke rehabilitation programs can
help stroke survivors regain their independence. Offered
in the hospital and at outpatient facilities, stroke rehabilitation
programs are designed to build strength, increase
coordination and boost confidence so stroke survivors feel
comfortable with daily activities, such as
- Fine motor skills (holding a fork,
buttoning, writing, picking up small objects).
- Grooming skills (bathing, dressing,
using the bathroom).
- Home care skills (cooking, laundry,
- Walking, using a wheelchair independently,
getting in and out of a vehicle, bed or chair.
- Speech and conversation skills.
- Memory or problem-solving skills.
A Bridgeport Hospital rehabilitation team may include a
physiatrist (a physician who specializes in rehabilitation),
a case manager/social worker, a rehabilitation nurse, as well
as physical, occupational and/or speech therapists.
Unit at Bridgeport Hospital
The inpatient program offers three hours of therapy
each day, seven days a week in one of the specially
designed therapy rooms or the William H. Baird,
MD, Gym. A simulation room has a real kitchen to
practice home skills such as preparing a meal, making
coffee, carrying dishes, doing laundry, ironing and
other daily household tasks. Therapists can help
improve thinking skills, swallowing and speech. Some
patients use the Wii-hab video game system to
increase their balance and coordination. ( Click to see the
Wii-hab in action
) “Our therapy is goal-driven,” says
Medical Director Lisa Webb, MD
, who is dually
certified in neurology and physiology. “We help
our patients rebuild their skills, gain confidence in
their abilities and get back home to where they want
to be. Then, the rehab continues in the home
or outpatient setting, and the patients’ progress continues
to be monitored via follow-up office visits.”
All patients are prescreened for their ability to
participate in and benefit from the intensive rehabilitation
offered by our interdisciplinary team. A
stroke therapist then develops an individual treatment
plan, which is revised daily based on skills and
progress. “Our team will work one-on-one with you
to help you reach your goals,” says Nurse Manager
Patti Strasburger, RN. “We’ll also celebrate every
milestone achieved along the way!”
For more information about inpatient stroke
rehabilitation programs, please call 203-384-3708.
|Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers
Outpatient therapy can target relearning a specific skill
over a longer period of time. At Ahlbin Rehabilitation
Centers in Bridgeport, Shelton, Southport, Stratford
and Trumbull, therapists work one-on-one with stroke
survivors to build confidence, and increase strength
and coordination to regain independence.
The therapists at Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers
specialize in helping recent stroke patients, as well
as those who experienced a stroke decades ago.
“We don’t believe there is an end to learning
techniques or improving function,” says Registered
Physical Therapist Vikki Winks. “We have patients
who have regained use of their hands after having
a stroke as long as 20 years ago. They’ve learned how
to dress and eat on their own, and brush their own
teeth. It’s such a liberating feeling, after having to
depend on someone else for so long.”
Patients may use specialized equipment including
SaeboFlex, SaeboReach, SaeboStretch, Constraint-
Induced Therapy and Bioness H200 to help regain
skills. “Frequent repetition of a skill can help restore
functional motion,” says Occupational Therapist
Sue Rhode, OTR/L, who is certified in SaeboFlex
and Bioness H200. Depending on a patient’s progress,
most sessions are 30 to 45 minutes, at least two
times a week for about six weeks.
For more information about outpatient stroke
rehabilitation programs, please call 203-380-4672.
|Stroke Support Group
Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers’ free support group for recovering
stroke patients and their caregivers meets the first Tuesday of the month,
6:00–7:00 p.m., at Ahlbin Centers’ Shelton location, 4 Corporate Drive.
Upcoming dates: Tuesday, January 5, and Tuesday, February 2, 2010.
For more information, please call 203-925-4201.