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Recovery After Stroke

Stroke RecoveryStroke complications can include paralysis or loss of muscle movement; trouble talking or swallowing; problems with memory or judgment; behavior changes; and pain, among others. Recovery depends on which area of the brain was affected and how much brain tissue was damaged during the stroke.

Recovery (rehabilitation) can be a challenging, lifelong process. The goal is to improve your quality of life and restore as much independence as possible. Our neurologists can help plan your rehabilitation program, which is likely to include a team of medical professionals, concentrating in the following areas:

  • Physical therapy to help you regain as much movement as possible 
  • Occupational therapy to help you in everyday tasks such as eating, and self-care such as dressing 
  • Speech therapy to improve swallowing and speech problems 
  • Cognitive skills to improve your memory and problem-solving abilities

Click here for more information about rehabilitation services at BIDMC.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) also has a helpful fact sheet on post-stroke rehabilitation.

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has a network of community partners that includes Hebrew SeniorLife. Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, with locations in Boston and at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, is an integral part of Hebrew SeniorLife. Hebrew Rehabilitation Center offers post acute and long term care services at both locations.

Patients who need expert medical care and rehabilitative services following a stroke can choose Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for their post acute care. Patients recovering from a stroke receive up to three hours of skilled therapy services per day when clinically indicated and have access to specialized technology. The stroke rehabilitation team revolves around the patient and family and helps set short- and long-term goals for recovery. Many skilled professionals are part of the rehabilitation team, including a physiatrist, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, registered nurses, nutritionists, social workers and a neurologist.

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center is CARF accredited. CARF (Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) means that patients can be confident that our programs meet internationally recognized standards and focus on quality and consumer satisfaction. HRC has received CARF's highest rating.

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Contact Information

Division of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Department of Neurology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Act F-A-S-T

How can you tell if you or someone else is having a stroke? Remember to Act F-A-S-T to save brain tissue. Watch for these stroke signs and call 9-1-1 immediately: