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Stroke Rehabilitation Unit
Baggot Street Community Hospital

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Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation helps you become independent as much as possible:

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In rehabilitation you

  • Re-learn lost skills
  • Learn new skills
  • Adapt to the effects of stroke
  • Recovery starts as soon as you are stable after the stroke
  • Some recovery happens by itself i.e. without any therapy
  • Most recovery is in the first few months
  • Recovery can still happen many months or years later
  • Other parts of the brain do the work of the damaged area
  • Rehabilitation is usually given by a multi-disciplinary team
  • In our unit we have physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech & language therapy, clinical psychology, nursing and medical services
  • In rehabilitation your difficulties are treated e.g.
      • Paralysis or weakness of muscles
      • Walking difficulties
      • Loss of arm / hand movement
      • Balance problems
      • Stiff joints
      • Shortened muscles
      • Problems with communication e.g. talking, understanding what people say, reading and spelling
      • Problems with thinking, concentration, memory
      • Tiredness
      • Anxiety
      • Depression


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  • Rehabilitation takes a long time
  • Progress may be slow
  • It is easy to get discouraged
  • Decide your goals
  • Focus on your goals
  • Be positive
  • Practice the tasks you get in therapy
  • Do this when you are alert and fresh
  • Don’t practice when you are tired
  • Remember recovery is slow, but persevere
  • Talk to other people in the same situation
  • Do as much for yourself as you can, even if it takes longer
  • Get enough sleep
  • Stay healthy

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  • Be patient
  • Rehabilitation is slow and can be frustrating
  • Be positive
  • Give encouragement
  • Help but also give the person some independence
  • Keep in touch with your friends
  • Make time for your hobbies, interests

 
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