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Stroke Specialty Program in New Orleans

A supportive program for stroke patients

The Stroke Specialty Program at Touro Rehabilitation Center offers a unique, patient focused recovery program. A stroke, whether the result of a blood clot or bleed in the brain, can affect an individual’s independence through changes in mobility, communication, coordination, memory and vision. A dedicated treatment team of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctors, certified rehabilitation nurses and specialized therapists are committed to providing individualized care to improve the quality of life for adults following a stroke by increasing function, encouraging independence, and facilitating a safe return to the community.

Services provided

Patients at a variety of functional levels receive comprehensive interdisciplinary care targeting personalized patient and family goals. This family-oriented program will develop and execute individual treatment plans to address physical, cognitive, behavioral, and social interaction skills, while working toward achieving realistic educational, vocational, social and/or leisure goals. Woman with Physical therapist

A patient’s treatment team may consist of:

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician
  • Certified Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Rehabilitation Case Manager
  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Dietitian
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Chaplain
  • Other specialists from Touro Hospital may be consulted, based on individual needs


Stroke patient and caregiver family education

Stroke Family Education Day is held the first Monday of each month in the M6 Conference Room from 9:00am-3:30pm.

Education and training are key components of the Stroke Specialty Program. In order to prepare caregivers for assisting patients at home, the interdisciplinary rehab team will educate on a variety of topics including:

  • Nursing Issues After Stroke
    • Bowel and bladder retraining
    • Skin care
    • Medications
  • Nutrition
  • Role of Physical Therapy after a Stroke
  • Role of Occupational Therapy after a Stroke
  • Role of Speech Therapy after a Stroke
  • Counseling and Family Participation in Stroke Rehab
  • Neuropsychology in Stroke Rehab
  • Measuring Success, Case Management, and Community Resources in Stroke Rehab

Click here for the 2019 Patient Education and Nutrition Class.

2019 Stroke Family Ed Day Schedule

Support for patients and caregivers

A Neuro Support Group for patients and caregivers who have had a stroke or brain injury is held on the first Tuesday of each month in the M6 Conference Room from 3:30pm-4:30pm. It is free and open to the public as a resource and support system following a stroke or brain injury.

Nutrition class

On the first Tuesday of each month from 12:00pm-1:00pm, a nutrition class is led by a registered dietitian. This class is specifically geared towards individuals who have had a stroke or peripheral artery disease (PAD). 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 or Ulrika Midner at

Click here for patient education and nutrition class schedule.

Inpatient rehabilitation referral information

Stroke referrals are accepted based on specific qualifications. For information on referring a patient to the stroke program, please call 504.897.8560 or email

Outpatient services

The Neuro Rehabilitation Center at Touro specializes in the treatment of patients with brain injury, strokes, spinal cord injuries or other neurological injury or illness using a community integrative approach. The Neuro Rehabilitation Center team focuses on returning the patient to the highest level of functioning possible, while emphasizing strengths and accommodating unique needs. The Neuro Rehabilitation Center’s team members are trained to utilize a variety of functional outcome measures to ensure our clients are performing at optimum levels.

Neuro Rehabilitation Center (Outpatient)
1525 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone number: 504.897.8157
Fax number: 504.897.8938


Preparing for an Emergency after a Stroke

Emergency Response Checklist for First Responders and Emergency Management Agencies

American Heart Association

National Stroke Association

National Aphasia Association

Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network

For more information about Touro Rehabilitation Center’s Stroke Specialty Program, call 504.897.8560.