What is stroke rehabilitation?
Date Posted: 26.03.2012
Rehabilitation is the process where a person who has had an illness regains their skills so that they can be as independent as possible. Rehabilitation after a stroke may mean learning to walk, or to speak clearly.
Rehabilitation is about getting your normal life back and achieving the best level of independence you can, by:
• Relearning skills and abilities
• Learning new skills
• Adapting to the limitation caused by stroke, and
• Finding social, emotional and practical support at home and in the community.
Rehabilitation should start in the hospital where the stroke patient works with different therapists and medical professionals.
Each patient should be entitled to receive a minimum of 45 minutes of requires rehabilitation 5-7 days a week for as long as it is needed. This should include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, speech and language therapy and nutrition and dietetic input provided by both hospitals and community based teams.