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Answering Questions About Stroke Recovery and Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Programs

According to the American Stroke Association, the risk of stroke disease increases as you age. It is estimated that at least 50 percent of stroke cases in the United States occur in patients over the age of 75. The risk of stroke rises as your age advances because the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease incidence also rises with age; these conditions make it more likely that you will suffer a stroke.

As scary as it is to think of having a stroke, there are measures you can take to help prevent a stroke incident. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping your blood pressure under control are excellent ways to reduce stroke risk. Additionally, it is important to understand the signs of a stroke, such as muscular weakness, severe headaches and difficulty speaking. If you notice any of these signs, you should call 911 immediately.

In the event you or a loved one does have a stroke, the recovery journey can look confusing and frightening. It helps to understand what recovery may look like, what options are available and what choices you can make to help achieve your health goals.

Understanding Stroke Recovery

Stroke recovery looks different for each patient and depends on multiple factors. These factors include:

  • The type of stroke that occurred
  • The health of the patient at the time of the stroke
  • How quickly the patient received medical attention

To help understand the entire recovery process, there are many questions that need to be answered. Here are a few of the most common questions about stroke recovery:

Does age affect stroke recovery?
Yes, aging is the strongest non-modifiable risk factor for strokes. As you age, your risk gets higher and your recovery may be longer than the recovery time for younger patients.

What happens in the first three days after a stroke?
During the first three days after a stroke, you will still be in the hospital. Your body is still recovering from the initial event and your medical team is working to determine what type of stroke occurred, as well as what damage was done and what the lasting effects may be.

Can a stroke patient live alone?
While a large majority of stroke patients do not head home alone right from the hospital, the National Institutes of Health report that 75 percent of stroke survivors are able to live alone within six months of having a stroke.

How long is inpatient rehab for a stroke?
Many physicians recommend that stroke patients move to an inpatient rehab facility as a step in their recovery. So, how long is inpatient rehab for stroke? Patients generally stay in the facility for two to three weeks and take part in intensive, coordinated rehabilitation efforts. In facilities like Auburn Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, each patient has an individualized care plan created by the experts at Auburn Rehab in coordination with the patient’s stroke team at the hospital.

Because a stroke can impair motor skills, cognition, physical abilities, language and motor skills, the team of experts at a stroke rehabilitation program will provide varying types of therapies and assistance with areas where you may struggle during recovery. For example, at Auburn Rehabilitation, patients have access to services including:

  • Physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and neurology
  • Skilled nursing
  • Exercise groups
  • Recreational programs
  • Stroke recovery
  • Social services
  • Multiple Sclerosis treatment
  • Parkinson’s Disease treatment

Studies indicate that stroke patients can optimize their recovery and are more likely to achieve their health goals thanks to outstanding rehabilitation and recovery options, like Auburn Rehabilitation.

Support and Recovery

If you or a loved one has had a stroke, the stroke team at the hospital will likely make recommendations for the next step in the rehab journey. If you live in the Auburn, Ill. area, contact Auburn Rehabilitation to learn more about our environment, our services and how we can support you and your loved one in reaching your optimal health goals.