The Stroke Rehabilitation program utilizes a patient-centered, coordinated team approach throughout the stroke survivor’s journey of recovery. Our programs are tailored to meet each individual’s needs. We are unique in that we provide the full spectrum of rehabilitation services within one healthcare system. Our inpatient rehabilitation program is designed to help patients regain skills and abilities that were lost because of a stroke. Our outpatient programs promote greater independence at home and in the community. With an emphasis on total body health, our expert team of stroke specialists will engage you and your family to optimize your well-being and improve your quality of life.
Stroke Recovery Program
Our Stroke Recovery Program is patient-centered care, specially designed with you in mind. We are sensitive to the many questions and concerns that arise during your recovery. The entire team understands that many stroke survivors and their families benefit from caring rehabilitation professionals who collaborate to ensure that you receive the individualized treatment to help you recover. Our goal is to help you achieve maximum recovery, reduce your risk of having another stroke and live the best and most fulfilling life that you can.
There is life after stroke… and we can help you get there.
Comprehensive Stroke Care
Expert teams of physicians and clinicians with brain injury/stroke certification
Extensive experience managing complications associated with stroke
Successful treatment of countless stroke survivors
An emphasis on treating the “whole person”
Individualized treatment programs meant to empower survivors and engage families
Multiple survivor and caregiver support groups that encourage community involvement
State-of-the-art facilities with cutting-edge technology
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)- accredited inpatient stroke specialty program
We promote survivor self-advocacy and independence so that you can reclaim your best “you”!
The Multidisciplinary JFK Stroke Team
Around the outside of the image will be the following clinical disciplines:
Adaptive Equipment Prescription and Assistive Technology
Audiology and Hearing Aid Assessment
Health and Fitness Center
What is a Stroke?
Also known as a “brain attack”, a stroke is a disruption of the circulation going to the brain tissue.
The most common form of stroke is called an ischemic stroke, where there is a lack of blood flow to the brain. This accounts for the majority of all strokes and is usually caused by one of the following:
Blood clot formed within in the blood vessels of the head or neck – thrombosis
Blood clot formed in another part of the body that travels to the brain – embolism
Severe narrowing of the blood vessels in the brain – stenosis
Another form of stroke is called a hemorrhagic stroke where there is bleeding into the brain tissue itself.
A third form is called a subarachnoid hemorrhage, in which there is bleeding between your brain and the surrounding connective tissue.
Q. What are the warning signs of Stroke?
Act F-A-S-T is a simple but effective way to remember the most common warning signs of stroke.
F – Face Drooping – Ask the person to smile, does one side of the face droop or feel numb?
A – Arm Weakness – Ask the person to raise their arm (or leg), is one side weak or numb?
S – Speech Difficulty – Is the person’s speech slurred, or are they having trouble finding words?
T – Time to call 9-1-1 – Even if the symptoms seem to go away, call 911.
What do I do if a Stroke happens?
A stroke is a medical emergency – TIME IS BRAIN. If you think you or a loved one may be having a stroke, call 911. Also, remember the time that symptoms started, as certain medical treatments are available within a certain time frame.
2019 STROKE Patient Clinical Outcomes
• Stroke patients 739 discharged patients/40.6 % of overall patient population
The average age for patients admitted with the diagnosis of stroke in 70.64 years.
HOW LONG CAN YOU EXPECT TO STAY AT THE REHABILITATION INSTITUTE?
The average stay (in 2019) for all patients was 14.64 days. For patients who were admitted with a diagnosis of stroke, the average length of stay was 14.79 days.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO DO FOR MYSELF WHEN I LEAVE THE REHABILITATION INSTITUTE?
All patients are evaluated to see how much help they need to do functional activities (like walking, moving from lying down to sitting up, getting dressed, etc) when they arrive and leave the Rehabilitation Institute. These are the basis of your predicted outcomes, or your individual rehabilitation goals. Based on this evaluation of our patients discharged in 2019, a majority of patients who had a stroke were able to do the following at discharge:
Self Care (bathing, dressing, and eating): At admission most patients required about 50% help from a staff member, and at discharge required 25% or less physical help.
Mobility (walking, going up/down stairs): At admission most patients required about 75% help from a staff member and at discharge required only 25% or less help.
Transfers (moving from bed to chair, into the bathtub, etc): At admission most patients required 50% help from a staff member and at discharge required 25% or less physical help.
Communication (comprehension and expression): At admission, most patients with communication deficits required about 50% assistance from a staff member, and at discharge only 25% or less help.
WHERE CAN I EXPECT TO GO WHEN I AM READY TO LEAVE THE REHABILITATION INSTITUTE?
It is our goal to return all of our patients back to their own homes, whenever possible. For patients who were admitted with a diagnosis of stroke in 2019, 52.8% were discharged directly home. Most patients continue to receive follow up therapy services after they are discharged home.
Some of our patients with a stroke diagnosis had unplanned transfers to an acute medical facility (8.9%) overall. Other stroke patients were discharged to a subacute rehabilitation facility (37.2%).
HOW SATISFIED ARE FORMER PATIENTS WITH THE SERVICES THEY RECEIVED AT THE REHABILITATION INSTITUTE?
When a patient is discharged from the Rehabilitation Institute, they receive a Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire. Patients answer the questions on a scale of 1-5 rating their satisfaction with program services in many areas. The highest rating is a score of 100%
Overall Satisfaction (combined Excellent and Very Good Responses) for patients admitted with a diagnosis of stroke, 95.5%.
“I must write to thank you for your wonderful staff in Rehab. Without their caring and great attitudes, I would not be where I am at getting myself whole again. I have seen them and this Rehab program so some wonderful improvements for the folks who are lucky, like me, enough to come to JFK Rehab and be associated with your staff. THANK YOU ALL and God bless!”
“My Mom was the first person I ever knew who had a stroke. I had no idea how devastating a stroke could be to a person and their family. She had severe aphasia. This was so difficult for us as she was a very lively and talkative woman. From the very beginning at JFK the staff was caring and competent and provided us with such support. My Mom went to inpatient rehab and to the outpatient Stroke Recovery Program. There are no words to express the gratitude we feel toward your skilled, professional staff. They demonstrated such empathy and could provide solutions to all of our concerns. I’m not sure where we would be if it wasn’t for your institute. Our deepest gratitude to all of you!”
“When my son had his stroke we were told he may not survive, and at the very least may not ever regain function. We put our faith in God and in the individuals who provided him care at JFK Johnson Rehab Institute. Through his recovery we watched him resume a regular diet and thin liquids, despite early swallowing problems. His speech became so much clearer! He went from being completely immobile to sitting and standing. He needs a brace and a cane, but is up on his feet taking steps! He has become more independent with dressing and bathing himself and from all of this he is a motivated young man with a future. Thank you does not seem enough to express how pleased we are with each and every one of you who provided him with the treatment he needed to improve.”