One of the main goals of rehabilitation is to prepare you for life after discharge. This includes the following:
Adapting to living with a disability
Planning for a safe and accessible environment
Community re-entry plans are individualized and are based on your physical abilities and needs. Both you and your family should be involved in planning re-entry into the community.
Many times, adjustments, a transitional period, and modifications need to be made to help you function independently. This may involve the following:
Home. Installing wheelchair ramps, raised toilet seats, or handrails on stairways
School. Special computers or adaptive equipment to allow for alternative means of communication, exams, and training materials
Work. New job skills, transitional work, job placement, and vocational counseling
Recreational, social, or sports activities. Mobility in public places, such as restaurants, churches, or stadiums
Transportation. Getting in and out of a car or bus, or installing special hand controls or lifts
Communications. Providing qualified readers and interpreters
Rehabilitation team members and community agencies often work together to help people with disabilities succeed.
Stroke is a leading cause of death and a
leading cause of serious, long-term disability, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA). The ASA reports that strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Find out more about stroke by taking this quiz, based on information from the AHA and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).