Stroke patients can face a wide range of challenges ... from the immediate danger of the stroke itself to the long term issues they face. Now, a closer look at the role of rehabilitation.
"The goal of rehabilitation is to have the victim survivor understand their physical capabilities and to provide them the independence that they have to move along in their life with the changes that have happened to them." And that can cover a wide range of issues, according to Freeman Physician Rebecca Jeyaseelan. "Problems with swallowing, problems with vision. There's problems with balance, a lot of people have problems with depression."
The rehabilitation team at Freeman East uses a team approach. Dr. Jeyaseelan said, "The rehabilitation team involves quite a number of people. It's an occupational therapist, a physical therapist and they work on getting their activities of daily living, their mobility. And we have a rehabilitation nurse who works with them 24/7." There's also a recreation therapist and a social worker. "Works on disposition issues and making the transition to home as smooth as could be. So it's basically a team approach."