An estimated 33% of stroke survivors need help caring for themselves:
20% need help walking
70% cannot return to their previous jobs
51% are unable to return to any type of work after stroke
Stroke; the most common form of Brain Injury
Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability in the U.S. There are two types of strokes; Transient Ischemic Attack or TIA and hemorrhagic. Often referred to as a brain attack, stroke is just another form of brain injury and as a result, survivors of stroke have special needs that cannot always be addressed by traditional rehabilitation facilities. In addition to the physical difficulties associated with a stroke, survivors often sustain a number of cognitive impairments that may prevent them from living independently or returning to work. Physical disabilities may include: paralysis or problems controlling movement; sensory disturbances including pain; problems using or understanding language; and a number of cognitive deficits such as thinking, ability to attend, memory, reasoning, sequencing and emotional disturbances.
TLC’s highly qualified and skilled staff is trained to address the unique, post acute needs of survivors of all types of acquired brain injuries, including stroke and the cognitive deficits associated with these types of injuries. Our treatment approach allows patients to receive therapy from licensed and certified staff, in a setting that prepares them increased independence.
TLC takes a holistic approach to therapy. The patient’s personal goals are considered when establishing the Individual Program Plan or IPP, and therapies take place in a natural setting. Therapy departments work closely together to form an integrated rehabilitation team to better provide a comprehensive program and intense therapies so that patients have the opportunity to make as much progress as possible in the shortest possible amount of time.
In addition, TLC offers a state of the art Speech Physiology Laboratory, which is unique in a post acute brain injury rehabilitation setting. Patients who have difficulty talking undergo a comprehensive assessment, which is used to develop and monitor efficient and effective treatment of speech disorders. The lab is also used for clinically applied studies of speech production, integrating research and treatment to provide the best possible outcome for patients who have suffered a debilitating stroke or other forms of acquired brain injury.
Client goals for TLC’s Stroke Program include:
- Improved independence in the performance of basic activities of daily living (adl’s), such as dressing, grooming, hygiene, and feeding
- Improved independence in the performance of advanced adl’s, such as laundry and housekeeping tasks, meal planning, grocery shopping, and community mobility
- Cognitive skills training thru the use of compensatory strategies
- Improvement of receptive and expressive communication skills
- Improvement of endurance, strength, range of motion, balance, and functional ambulation skills
- Support and counseling for changes in mood, feeling and conditions that often accompany stroke
- Improvement in the selection of planning and follow through of appropriate community-based leisure activities
- Assessment of vocational interests and aptitudes
- Job skills training seeking and retention skills training