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Community Re-Entry

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

  • Promoting independence

  • 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.

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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).

1. What is another name for a stroke?
2. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel to the brain.
3. Which of these is a symptom of stroke?
4. Which of these lifestyle factors plays the biggest role in increasing the risk for stroke in younger adults?
5. If a person has an ischemic stroke, how quickly should the person be treated to minimize long-term problems?
6. Which type of medicine is given to help prevent a stroke?
7. Which of these may be a long-term problem after a stroke?
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