Suffering a stroke can significantly diminish your ability to speak, walk, comprehend language, and care for yourself on a daily basis. While the specific effects of stroke can vary depending on the area of the brain affected, the recovery process is generally long and intensive. Younger stroke patients and first-time stroke sufferers have the highest chances of complete recovery following a stroke, but there are other factors to consider, including emergency response to the incident.
At the first signs of a stroke, it is important to call 911 right away. With immediate attention from a certified stroke care center, blood flow can be restored quickly to minimize damage to the brain tissue. This will set the course for the most positive recovery possible.
Before discharge from the hospital after a stroke, you may begin to work with a therapist to improve speech and mobility. While finely tuned skills will be reserved for detailed rehabilitation in the long-term, it is important to begin reestablishing some basic skills to facilitate a safe trip back home.
Long term post-stroke care
As you recover from a stroke, you may need to work with a professional caretaker or family member to ensure that you are maintaining healthy hygiene and eating habits. Once you begin to work with a rehabilitation specialist in an outpatient setting, you can regain your independence with personalized care fit for your specific needs. Your therapist may work with you in mobility skills, social interaction, memory exercises, or communication. The length of post-stroke rehabilitation is highly variable, as it will depend on your progress and commitment to recovery.
Westside Regional Medical Center in Broward County is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Care Center offering services from emergency response to outpatient rehabilitation. For a closer look at the facts about stroke, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (954) 473-6600.