Top Stroke Rehabilitation Program In New York Is At The Walter Strauss Stroke Center
Most people who survive a stroke have some type of disability. But many people are able to make significant improvements through rehabilitation. According to the National Stroke Association:
- 10% of stroke survivors recover almost completely
- 25% recover with minor impairments
- 40% experience moderate-to-severe impairments that require special care
- 10% require care in a nursing home or other long-term facility
For the best chance of improvement and regaining abilities, it is important that rehabilitation starts as soon as possible after a stroke. Rehabilitation therapy is started in the hospital as soon as a patient’s condition has stabilized. Initial range of motion exercises involve a nurse or physical therapist moving a patient’s affected limb (passive exercise) and having the patient practice moving the limb (active exercise). Patients are encouraged to gradually sit, stand, and walk and then to perform tasks of daily living (bathing, dressing, using the toilet).
Some patients will experience the fastest recovery and regain functional abilities in the first few days, while others will continue to show improvement during the first 6 months or longer. Recovery is an ongoing process and with good rehabilitation providers and family support, patients can continue to make progress.
Traditionally, post-acute stroke rehabilitation has always been done from home or in an out-patient program.
One premier NY based organization decided to change that dynamic approximately one year ago and as they say, “the rest is history!”
The Walter Strauss Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation Center
The Grand Healthcare System, a leading healthcare provider in the New York City area, has opened The Walter Strauss Stroke Center, a dedicated wing for individuals recovering from strokes, at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens, 157-15 19th Avenue, Whitestone, NY.
The Walter Strauss Stroke Center, the only one of its kind in Queens, has a professional nursing staff that has received specialized training in stroke rehabilitation and recovery. The Center’s focus is on each guest’s ability to walk, eat, dress and communicate independently post-stroke. The Center includes a gym that houses the latest stroke rehabilitation equipment and machines to aid functional mobility training. Speech and communication rehabilitation is further evaluated and enhanced through the use of the Iowa Oral Performance Instrument (IOPI®), which is the premier measuring device to objectively evaluate muscle weakness and motor control.
Queens is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the nation and it also has a large and growing senior population. The region has been seeing an increase in strokes and demand for rehabilitation and post-hospital care for survivors,” said Dan Muskin, Regional Administrator at The Grand Healthcare System. “The Walter Strauss Stroke Center plays an important part in meeting the demand for stroke rehabilitation care in New York City and Long Island.”
“After my grandfather, Walter Strauss, had a stroke, my family witnessed firsthand the importance of after-stroke care and rehabilitation,” said Jeremy B. Strauss, CEO of The Grand Healthcare System and grandson of Walter Strauss. “We have combined our personal experience and our commitment to superior care to create this much needed Center right here in Queens. It’s truly overwhelming to open this Center in memory of my grandfather and provide services that will improve the quality of life for those suffering the same health issues with which he struggled.”
About Stroke Rehabilitation
Stroke Rehabilitation typically encompasses the three main therapy disciplines, which are physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Physical therapy is designed to help a patient with balance, standing, walking, transitional movements and regaining strength. Occupational therapy helps a stroke victim regain their ability to perform vital activities of daily living (ADLs) such as feeding, grooming, bathing, toileting, and dressing. Occupational therapists focus on improving overall arm function and fine motor skills. Speech therapy focuses on improving speech, swallowing and cognitive deficits.
For more information about the Walter Strauss Stroke Center, please visit them online, or contact them at: (718) 746-0400