Once a patient has been treated and stabilized, their recovery will begin in one of our stroke units – either the Intensive Care or Progressive Care Unit – where they will be closely monitored by our team of Neurologists, Hospitalist Physicians and nurses, all with extensive training in stroke care.
Work begins immediately with the rehabilitation staff, and will continue until the patient is discharged. Social Workers and Case Managers work closely with the RN’s at the bedside, the patient& family, Physician, and Pharmacy to ensure the patients needs are met, the plan of care is discussed, and mutually agreed upon to ensure the smoothest transitions of care as you recover from your stroke. Discharge planning begins on day 1, your specially trained nurses provide education on strokes, including risk factor reduction, and secondary prevention of stroke. This helps the stroke patient to better engage and prepare for their recovery and participate in their plan of care.
While some stroke patients are able to leave the hospital back to normal, many will need some therapy to help them recover function.
Patients who need more close medical monitoring before being discharged home may be admitted to the Confluence Health’s Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Here, they receive intensive rehabilitation in preparation for returning to home
Some patients may require less intense inpatient rehabilitation, and may not be ready for acute rehabilitation, in this case, patients may be referred to a subacute rehabilitation facility which can provide for a smoother transition and recovery.
After going home, stroke patients may need to continue their therapy on an outpatient basis through Confluence Health’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, with the goal of returning to work, school and community activities.