Once you've been treated and stabilized, your recovery will begin in EvergreenHealth Medical Center's stroke unit under the close monitoring of our team of stroke specialists.
Stroke rehab starts by getting you upright – sitting in bed or in a chair, or standing.
This is key to preserving good lung function and preventing pneumonia, blood clots or infections.
Then it’s important to get you moving.
When an area of the brain is affected by a stroke, the brain will try to re-route the functions controlled by that area, so the sooner you try to regain normal function the quicker that can happen.
If you are unable to move yourself, physical therapists will take you through range-of-motion exercises to help your brain start the process of re-routing signals.
Speech therapists will screen you for signs of facial weakness, which can lead to possible problems swallowing or chewing foods.
They will also assess your ability to speak and process what is being said to you.
Occupational therapists will educate you and your family about safety issues, such as how to help you sit up or get out of bed.
Another key part of rehab is taking steps to prevent a future strokes
The rehab team, along with our neurology hospitalists, will educate you and your family about medications, risk factor management, diet and other lifestyle changes to prevent secondary strokes.
A physician referral is required for stroke rehabilitation. Ask your provider to complete and sign our referral form.
You can drop off the referral form at our office [Get Directions] or fax it to 425.899.3670.
For more information about our outpatient rehab services, please call 425.899.3100.