At St. Mary’s, patients with neurological conditions, including stroke, receive state-of-the-art medical, nursing and allied health care from admission to discharge and follow-up visits.
St. Mary’s 36-bed Neuroscience and Stroke Unit and 4-bed intermediate care unit are staffed by a team of professionals dedicated to meet the needs of patients with stroke and other neurological and neurosurgical conditions. A team approach is used to deliver high quality, individualized care. The team consists of:
- Care managers
- Social workers
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech therapists
- Pastoral care
Speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy often play a very important role in the care of neurological patients.
Physical therapy focuses on general motor skills, which use large muscle groups. These therapists work with patients to improve their balance, ability to sit upright, walk and climb stairs. This includes gait training and teaching patients to use assistive devices such as canes and walkers.
Occupational therapy focuses on fine motor control. These therapists help patients overcome neurological conditions to perform normal activities of daily living, such as grooming, dressing and feeding themselves. Neurological conditions often result in visual-perceptual problems, trouble with depth perception and one-sided neglect.
Speech therapists help patients who have difficulty speaking and processing language. They also can help patients who have trouble chewing and swallowing and can make recommendations about what types of foods and liquids would be appropriate for the patient.
The goal of therapy is always to restore as much function as possible during the inpatient stay and to help plan so that the patient and family are ready for discharge. The stroke center rehabilitation team works to educate families about their loved one’s condition and needs, and involves them in the therapy process.
Social workers help ensure a smooth discharge process. These professionals gather information from all care team members and present post-discharge care options to patients and families.
Having a stroke or neurological surgery can be a life-changing event, and the road to recovery is not always easy. At St. Mary’s, our team of experienced, dedicated professionals are with patients and families every step of the way.
Read the Stroke Center Story, Written by James Casto