A team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, with additional support from a neuropsychologist, work with patients recovering from stroke. Primary goals are to assist patients in achieving their maximal level of neurologic recovery, and educate them on compensatory strategies. Therapists participate in continuing professional education to provide up-to-date, current treatment interventions. The team will work with each patient individually to design the best treatment plan for optimal success.
Balance and Fall Prevention
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year1, but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it. The physical therapists and occupational therapists work with patients who may or may not have had history of falls, and are seeking to prevent future falls. Physical therapists will assess physical causes that increase a patient’s fall risk, and will design a plan of treatment to address those causes to improve balance. Occupational therapists will assist patients in addressing home safety to assure a safe environment for mobility.
1. Hausdorff JM, Rios DA, Edelber HK. Gait variability and fall risk in community-living older adults: a 1-year prospective study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2001;82(8):1050-6
Wheelchair Seating and Positioning Clinic
Physical therapists work with rehabilitation technology suppliers to design a wheelchair that gives patients optimal seating and positioning for patients needs both physically and for their environment. An initial assessment is performed by a physical therapist to assess specific seating needs and the physical impairments that a proper wheelchair and seating system must address. A second visit is then scheduled with a wheelchair supplier who will assist the physical therapist in determining the most suitable components of the wheelchair. A third visit is offered for final fitting of the new wheelchair. Your physical therapist, along with the supplier, will work with your physician to complete all documentation required by your funding source.
Peer Support Groups
Patients and caregivers who have had a stroke are welcome to participate in Stroke Club. It is a group that meets monthly to discuss common issues for stroke survivors and caregivers. For more information regarding Stroke Club, please contact Meg Potterfield, CTRS at 847.723.4765.
Expressions is a program for people with early-stage memory loss. It is a group that meets weekly to discuss relevant issues as well as participate in programming that encourages self-esteem and memory support. For more information regarding Expressions, please contact Gwynne Chovanec at 847.824.5143.