Author: Rhonda Felice
Hi, my name is Rhonda Felice and it is my absolute pleasure to share some information with you that I discuss daily with our patients and families. Educating our patients and caregivers is a priority for us here on the stroke floor at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital. Knowledge is power and this provides strength to patients and caregivers as they handle diagnostic impairments.
Our staff members (physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, speech and language pathologists, neuropsychologists and nurses) emphasize this family and patient instruction in each session with the patient.
We provide this knowledge in a variety of ways:
- one-on-one instruction
- in a group setting
- in video presentations
We welcome all patients and caregivers in all the therapy sessions and encourage questions so that we can share our knowledge of stoke and cardiac rehabilitation.
Some of the things we discuss include:
Stroke warning signs: Think FAST:
- Face drooping
- Arm weakness
- Speech difficulty
- Time to call 911
Stroke Prevention and Risk: Ongoing prevention and wellness is important for stroke survivors. Things like high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and family history of stroke are just a few risk factors of a stroke. Things like exercise, healthy eating, and quitting smoking are great ways to reduce your risk of stroke or of having another stroke.Areas of the brain: Understanding how a stroke affects an individual is best explained by viewing the parts of the brain and the functions affected by a stroke. This explains why stroke survivors may behave differently. There is also a major difference between experiencing a stroke that impacted the left side of the brain vs. the right side of the brain.
Steps to take to reduce risk of stroke:
– manage diabetes
– control hypertension
– achieve and maintain a healthy weight
– increase physical activity
– reduce cholesterol
– quit smoking
– minimize alcohol intake