Recovering & Regaining Independence After a Stroke
Strokes often occur when the blood flow to the brain is hindered or blocked, which is why it is also known as ‘brain attack.’ When this happens, brain cells in the blocked portion begin to die, and the abilities controlled by that part are affected. Although strokes can affect people of all ages, individuals over 65 years of age face a higher risk of experiencing this condition.
Recognizing the Triggers & Minimizing the Damage
The area of the brain where the blood flow was blocked, and the resulting damage determines the way a patient will be affected long-term. It is always better to identify a stroke as early as possible to help minimize damage. The American Stroke Association has come up with an effective way to recognize the early signs of stroke, known as the FAST technique:
- Face drooping
- Arms becoming weak, and one may have trouble staying up
- Speech problems such as slurring
- Time: If you notice these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
The key to minimize the damage is to be completely aware of the signs and call for help as soon as possible. The individual who experienced the stroke should then partake in a comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program.
Research has proven that patients who participate in a rehabilitation program with excellent skilled nursing services perform better than those who don’t. In addition to helping the patients with physical activities, it is essential to address the mental challenges to help them recover and become independent.
Advanced Technology & Therapies to Regain Abilities
In this digital era, there are several new and promising practices and technologies to help individuals who have been affected by a stroke. The one utilized at The Holiday Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is the use of new medications to help the oxygen-deprived nerve cells.
We Are More Than Just a Skilled Nursing Facility
The Holiday Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island has a professional and caring staff to look after your well-being post-surgery. We will devise a customized, comprehensive care plan to help you get back on your feet with confidence. We offer a wide array of activities to promote the health and recovery of our residents.
- Physical – We encourage exercise and have activities designed to maintain physical fitness.
- Social – We promote interaction and arrange parties, games, outings, and more to keep things lively.
- Spiritual & Emotional – We know the importance of emotional and spiritual well being, and conduct many religious programs, and arrange for personal visits and celebrations.
- Intellectual – We conduct many group activities such as brain teasers, political discussions, and many challenging games.
- Regular Activities – In addition to these, we also have movie nights, festive celebrations, arts and crafts workshops, and much more.