Our Stroke Recovery program is designed to provide comprehensive acute inpatient rehab services and medical management to meet the needs of individuals who have had a stroke and their families. The therapy team follows practices that are well supported by the most current evidence.
American Stroke Association Strongly Recommends that Stroke Patients be Treated at an In-patient Rehabilitation Facility.
Whenever possible, the American Stroke Association strongly recommends that stroke patients be treated at an in-patient rehabilitation facility rather than a skilled nursing facility. While in an in-patient rehabilitation facility, a patient participates in at least three hours of rehabilitation a day from physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Nurses are continuously available and doctors typically visit daily. Read the entire Press Release for the Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehab.
We Specialize in Stroke Rehab
We strongly believe that our patients deserve high quality, compassionate care. In addition to our overall hospital accreditation by the Joint Commission and The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, our Stroke specialty certifications represent our commitment to provide the highest quality care to our patients with the use of only evidence- based therapies.
In order to meet the unique needs of patients recovering from a stroke, we have Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialists on staff. These therapists are preeminent stroke clinicians having passed a rigorous set of courses, a written examination and nationally-recognized credentials. Our therapists are continuously trained in the latest advances in stroke rehab.
Dr. James Andriotakis is the Program Medical Director for the Stroke Recovery Program at Northeast Rehab.
Our staff also include Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses (CCRN). This means that patients and families can feel confident in their rehab nurse’s level of expertise.
Technology and Specialty Services
We use the latest technologies to support patient recovery.
- LiteGait – a therapy device which helps patients walk before they are able to support their own body weight
- Bioness H200 and L300 – devices to aid in recovery of arm and leg function
- Mental Imagery and Mirror Therapy – techniques used to improvement strength and mobility
- Digital modified barium swallow testing – a procedure to determine whether food or liquid is entering a person’s lungs
- Vision clinic and low vision services include an optometrist who specializes in vision problems caused by stroke
Patient and Family Support
Recovering from a stroke is a journey for both patients and their caregivers. We are here to provide support during their stay with us and once they return home.
- Peer visits by others who have recovered from stroke
- Patient and Family Education Series
- Connections to on-site and community support groups for those who have had a stroke and their family members
- Neuro Recovery Clinic – Recovery after a stroke is a lifelong process. Our Neuro Recovery Clinic offers survivors the chance to meet with a Neuro Recovery Team to discuss their current progress, challenges, achievements and concerns.
Northeast Rehab enjoys a special partnership with the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire. For information about how they can help brain injury survivors and their caregivers click here.
A Day in the Life of a Rehab Patient with Stroke
Many patients and families preparing for rehab care after a stroke want to understand what a typical daily schedule of rehab will look like.
We customize a plan of care so schedules will vary for each patient. However, the following is a typical schedule for a patient at Northeast Rehab. While patients receive a required three hours of rehab services per day, you can see below that it is spread out over the entire day.
7:15 am Supervised breakfast with trained staff
8:00 am Occupational Therapy to assist with managing activities of daily living such as dressing and bathing
8:45 am Speech Therapy
10:15 am Physical Therapy
12:45 pm Lunch with trained staff to practice safe techniques
1:30 pm Occupational Therapy
3:00 pm Physical Therapy
5:15 pm Supervised dinner with trained staff for swallowing
Patient and Family Education
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is an interruption of blood flow to the brain. This lack of blood flow causes brain cells in the area to die due to lack of oxygen supply and nutrients required for the cells to function.
There are two main types of strokes:
- Ischemic: Occurs when there is a blockage of blood flow in an artery in the brain. This accounts for nearly 80% of all strokes.
- Hemorrhagic: Occurs when a blood vessel breaks and bleeds into or around the brain. This accounts for approximately 20% of all strokes.
Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke
If you see or have any one or more of these symptoms, call for emergency assistance:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden difficulty with speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden onset of confusion
- Sudden and significant vision changes in one or both eyes
- Sudden difficulty with walking, loss of balance or dizziness
- Sudden severe headaches with no known cause
- Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious long-term disabilities in adults (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
- About 600,000 new strokes are reported in the US each year, with 145,000 deaths related to strokes yearly (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
- According to the American Stroke Association, the estimated direct and indirect cost of Stroke in 2005 was $56.8 billion
- The length of time to recover from a stroke depends on its severity. 50-70% of stroke survivors regain functional independence, but 15-30% are permanently disabled (American Stroke Association)
- American Heart Association
- American Stroke Association
- Brain Aneurysm Resources
- Caregivers and Stroke: Taking care of your loved one and yourself
- National Aphasia Association
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- National Stroke Association
- Neurology Channel
- The Internet Stroke Center
- Stroke Resource Manual