Post Stroke Rehabilitation: After Acute Care – After the moderate or severe brain injury and the patient survived and came out of coma, many things will happen. There will be series of tests, x-rays, and scans to determine the damage and the proper approach to treating the patient. Post brain injury, everything seems more difficult, both to the patient and the family.
“It is harder on the family than on the actual survivor,” says Sean Entin, CEO and Founder of Move2Improve Foundation. Entin is a stroke and brain injury survivor who used to be paralyzed on one side of his body.
“My advice is for the family to see a psychologist or a psychiatrist,” Entin further says on his video blog.
Dealing with stroke and brain injury requires patience on the family members. Stroke and brain injury survivors take time to recover. Some would need months of in-patient rehabilitation before they move to home health care. Others, who do not have medical insurance, would leave the rehabilitation program and would be forced to deal with their recovery on their own.
Family members should see to it that only a few visitors are allowed in the patient’s hospital room. “Let the person heal,” Entin advised. Also, be prepared to see the patient in pain. For Entin, recovery was more difficult because he had two little girls during the time that he was healing from a major stroke.
Stages of Recovery
After the series of tests, the stroke and brain injury survivor will undergo in-patient rehabilitation. It is conducted in the hospital where therapists visit the patient for sessions related to their cognitive skills and movement. Usually, the cognitive aspect is dealt with first. This is handled by the speech therapist. The therapist works on the language skills as well as memorization and computation. There will also be physical therapy and occupational therapy to help the patient regain movement and balance. Grooming, bathing, changing clothes, and moving from the bed to the wheelchair are also included in the therapy sessions.
Then the patient goes home and home health therapy sessions start. Once or twice a week, the therapists visit the patient. The rest of the week, it is the family members or the caregiver who should see to it that the patient conduct activities that would help him or her recover. Entin underwent 14 weeks of inpatient rehabilitation before he returned home for home health rehabilitation. “I had to learn to walk up the stairs, take a shower, and get into bed. I had to learn everything all over again,” according to him.
For most people who suffered stroke and brain injury, going back to 100% of their bodies are very difficult. They don’t have medical insurance to pay for the costly rehabilitation. Move2Improve Foundation seeks to help these people by providing access to and funding for their on-going rehabilitation.