If a stroke or ‘mini-stroke’ is diagnosed, RMC has a full complement of care, treatment and services available for patients including these critical areas:
- Neurology Services
- Emergency Services
- Intensive Care Unit
- Progressive Care Unit
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Chaplain Services
- Speech Language Pathology
- Cardiopulmonary Services
- Clinical Dieticians
- Diabetes Education
- Wound Care Services
- Social Services
- Case Management
- Collaboration with EMS
To help diagnose and monitor patient conditions, Neurological Services at RMC include:
Electroencephalogram (EEG) to check the electrical impulses of the brain
Electromyogram (EMG), also known as an NCS, measures the functions of muscles and peripheral nerves.
Stroke Rehabilitation: While in the Hospital
While in the hospital, you will be seen by a team of rehabilitation professionals. This may include a Physical Therapist (PT), Occupational Therapist (OT) and/or a Speech Language Pathologist (ST). Here are more specifics on what you will experience with each of these rehabilitation specialists.
Physical Therapy (PT): will assess your movement abilities to include strength, range of movement, moving from place to place, standing and walking. PT will assess your living arrangements and work to help you return to a productive lifestyle in the community and in the workplace.
Occupational Therapy (OT): will assess your hands and arms for movement and strength and assess how you are doing with daily care activities, such as bathing, grooming, feeding and dressing. OT will assess your leisure activities and hobbies to help you return to a productive lifestyle.
Speech Therapy (ST): will assess your swallowing and your communication abilities and design programs to address your eating/swallowing or communication problems.
Stroke Rehabilitation: After Your Stay
Once it is assessed that you are ready for discharge, there will be continued care options to work on your rehabilitation and therapy goals:
Acute Care Rehabilitation Facility: You must meet admission criteria and be able to tolerate three hours of therapy each day to go here. Typically, you will continue with outpatient therapy after discharge from this unit.
Skilled Nursing Facility: You must meet admission criteria to be able to tolerate 75 minutes of therapy per day. Typically, you will continue with outpatient therapy after discharge from this unit.
Home Health: Therapy would typically be provided in your home for a session of 2-3 times per week if you meet the “home bound” criteria. Once you are no longer home bound, you would typically continue in an outpatient therapy setting.
Outpatient Therapy: Therapy would be provided at an outpatient facility like the RMC Rehab Services Department at the Tyler Center. Look for a facility in your community that offers Comprehensive Rehab (including PT, OT and ST) so that all of your needs can be met in one convenient location.