Stroke, also called brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. Disruption in blood flow is caused when either a blood clot blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain (ischemic stroke), or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding tissues (hemorrhagic stroke). Stroke is an emergency and should be treated as such. The greatest chance for recovery from stroke occurs when emergency treatment is started immediately.
• Weakness or paralysis on 1 side of the body, or in 1 arm or leg
• Muscle stiffness or muscle spasms
• Balance or coordination problems
• Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
• Being unaware or ignoring one side of the body, or being unaware of the stroke's effects
• Memory, thinking, or learning problems
• Pain, numbness, or odd sensations
• Difficulty swallowing
• Bowel or bladder control problems
Each person's recovery after stroke is unique. This is because a stroke can affect different people in different ways and to different degrees. Stroke rehab should start as soon as possible after a stroke to give the person the best chance to recover skills and abilities. Whether recovering from a hemorrhagic or ischemic event, the Stroke Program at Touro Infirmary provides patients with the information, resources, and support needed to adapt to life after CVA. Touro Rehabilitation Center’s Stroke program offers several opportunities.
Family Education Day
The Stroke Program sponsors a Family Education Day once a month. Participation in Family Education Day is free and offered to family members and support persons of people who have experienced a stroke. Participants do not have to have family members at Touro Infirmary.
During Family Education Day, there are a variety of topics covered including:
Stroke Family Education Day is held the third Monday of every month from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Please click here for a schedule of events. If you are interested in participating in Family Education Day please e-mail StrokeProgram@LCMChealth.org or call (504) 897-8054.
A Neuro Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 pm. It is available for patients and family members/support persons who have experienced a stroke or brain injury. To sign up for this support group call (504) 897-8476.
Once each month at 12:00 p.m. a nutrition class is led by a registered dietitian. This classis specifically geared towards individuals who have had a stroke or PAD and reviews the relationship between diet, weight loss, and cardiovascular disease. Nutritional education specific to improving blood glucose, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are covered. Participants are encouraged to ask questions or voice concerns regarding nutritional topics. To sign up for nutrition education class contact Liz Cabrera at Elizabeth.Cabrera@LCMCHealth.org or Charlotte Lemoine at Charlotte.Lemoine@LCMCHealth.org.
All patients in the Stroke Program receive an education manual which details all topics covered during Stroke Family Education Day. Additionally, the manual contains a resource section including information regarding general stroke information, community resources, emergency preparedness, adaptive sports, adventure opportunities, and stroke publications.
Touro’s inpatient rehab therapists have been trained to identify and treat specialized needs of patients with stroke. Touro’s Stroke Program offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and recreational therapy. Additionally, treatment plans are customized for each patient to meet their unique goals. Patients receive training that allows them to regain independence in all areas of their lives including:
Mobility: Ambulation, Wheelchair
Activities of Daily Living: dressing, toileting, showering, grooming, cooking, etc.
Touro Infirmary has peer mentoring that takes place weekly. Patients have the opportunity to speak with someone who has successfully reintegrated into the community following stroke.
Touro Infirmary offers outpatient therapy at its Neuro Rehab Center. This outpatient clinic specializes in treating patients who have experienced neurologic injury or amputation. To sign up for outpatient therapy services call (504) 897-8135 or email StrokeProgram@lcmchealth.org.
For more information about Touro Rehabilitation Center’s Stroke Rehabilitation Program, call (504) 897-8560.