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Stroke rehabilitation services

If you or a loved one are recovering from a stroke, we're here to help. We offer comprehensive stroke rehabilitation services to help you improve personal function and gain as much independence as possible.

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Regarding stroke care coordination:

  • When you are discharged from inpatient care at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, a stroke care coordinator receives a referral from the unit's care coordinator for a year of care coordination.
  • Not all Allina Health hospitals offer stroke care coordination. If you are interested in this service, please call 612-863-4872 or email heather.odell@allina.com.

You will work with a care team led a physician who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Other team members may include:

  • Physicians and nurse practitioners who will focus on your rehabilitation and management of complex medical issues and disabilities
  • Psychologists who will help you cope with emotional, behavioral and intellectual changes caused by stroke.
  • Rehabilitation nurses who will plan and implement 24-hour care, and focus  on personal care and education for you and your family.
  • Rehabilitation unit care coordinators who will help manage services provided by all disciplines during a rehab stay and work with you to meet your goals for discharge.
  • Social workers who will help you and your family cope with personal, family or social situations. They also help coordinate discharge planning.
  • Care guides who will help you connect with many community resources.
  • Physical therapists who will address problems with balance, coordination, strength, walking and getting in and out of a chair, bed or car. They can help you learn to use a cane, walker or wheelchair.
  • Occupational therapists who will help you regain daily living skills, like eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, doing housework and going to the bathroom. They also look at home and work environments and activities to make it easier to participate.
  • Speech-language pathologists who will treat language and speech problems. They may help you regain thinking, reasoning and remembering skills.
  • Therapeutic recreational specialists who will help you continue leisure interests and community life.

In addition, your rehabilitation care team may include dietitians, nutritionists, pharmacists, integrative health practitioners, respiratory therapists, chaplains and other health professionals to aid in your rehabilitation and recovery.

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Other specialized services available to people recovering from stroke, include:

  • VitalStim Therapy -- a specialized form of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) for treating swallowing problems.
  • Balance retraining and vestibular rehabilitation -- for treating imbalance or dizziness.
  • Exercises may be done to manage incontinence.
  • Partial weight bearing gait therapy -- can help you regain the ability to walk. You are supported in an upright position to exercise muscles and increase your range of motion in a safe environment free from falls.
  • Aquatic therapy can help you return to daily activities more quickly through low-impact water exercises.
  • Driver Assessment and Training -- can help assess if you are able to resume driving, recommend any adaptive driving modifications and practice driving to obtain your license.

Advanced technologies to improve muscle strength include:

  • Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise (ABLE) Program for people with paralysis.
  • Constraint-induced movement therapy to help with weakness or paralysis on one side of the body.
  • Hand Mentor robot -- help restore range of motion and strengthen hand and wrist muscles.
  • InMotion 2 Robot -- intensive rehabilitation for people who have limited strength or range of motion in their shoulders, arms and hands.
  • Interactive rehabilitation using Nintendo® Wii -- improve strength and endurance by experiencing a virtual environment where you can catch or kick balls, duck to escape danger, or move to avoid an obstacle.
  • Lokomat® treadmill -- a robot-assisted device that supports you in an upright position which allows you to move your legs through a normal walking pattern even if you are unable to move on your own.

Our Stroke specialty program is available at Abbott Northwestern and United hospitals and is the only one in the Twin Cities accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent national organization that certifies facilities which meet the highest patient care standards.

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Source: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Reviewed by: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

First published: 8/30/2018
Last reviewed: 8/1/2018