Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery Information

Shepherd Center Stroke Rehabilitation Center

Identifying the cause of a stroke generally depends on the individual and his or her overall health history. However, once a stroke occurs, patients and families search to understand the immediate next steps for care and then recovery. Like stroke causes, stroke care and rehabilitation is specific to the individual. Research shows that patients starting stroke rehabilitation sooner results in better functional outcomes.

Keep reading to learn more about stroke treatment and recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Stroke Recovery and Care

There are several treatment options for stroke depending on the cause of your stroke. Emergency treatment for strokes depends on whether you're having an ischemic stroke blocking an artery − the most common kind − or a hemorrhagic stroke that involves bleeding into the brain. If you are having a stroke, or stroke-like symptoms, it’s important to seek immediate treatment.

You can contact our Admissions Department at 404-350-7345 or online. Our staff will guide you through the process. If you are in a hospital, ask your case manager or social worker to make a referral to Shepherd Center. Or, if you need outpatient services, you can call Admissions at 404-350-7345.

We provide a comprehensive team of medical professionals who work to optimize the recovery process whether the needs are physical, emotional, cognitive or communicative. The program emphasizes the patient's return to community living. We also provide a host of educational opportunities, peer support, and counseling for families and caregivers.

Absolutely! There are many factors that must be considered and coordinated, but your case manager or social worker at the hospital can make a referral and then the process for determining eligibility will begin.

Stroke rehabilitation depends on the type, location and extent of injury resulting from the stroke. The average length of stay for inpatient rehabilitation at Shepherd Center is about four weeks. For outpatient or day program services, the average length of stay is about eight to 10 weeks, depending on the severity of the stroke.

You will continue to work toward recovery, focused on living a healthy lifestyle and prevention of re-stroke while attending our outpatient services or other outpatient or home health services in your community. We also have an educational website called MyShepherdConnection.org which can help with information that may be pertinent to your recovery and wellness. And we have some clinical research studies that may be pertinent.