You’ve had a stroke. Now what?

July 31st, 2018

When it comes to brain recovery, it’s a race against time. Unlike most injuries, the brain does not need to rest after trauma, but requires activity as soon as possible. The level of care you receive at the beginning establishes your level of ability at the end.

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Every 40 seconds someone in America has a stroke. – Source: CDC.gov, 2015

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Strokes are the number one cause of disability in the United States. – Source: CDC.gov, 2015

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Stroke survivors have two options for rehabilitation. They can choose an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, like the Acute Rehabilitation Center (ARC) at Herrin Hospital, or a Skilled Nursing Facility.

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The number of days in six months, which represents a very important window of time to achieve maximum recovery. The longer the wait, the harder it is to recover. – Source: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, “Variable Intensive Early Walking Post Stroke,” 2015

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At a Skilled Nursing Facility, a physician is required to evaluate the patient within 14 days of admittance. – Source: Medicare.gov, 2014

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At an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, like ARC, a physician is required to evaluate you the very first day you arrive. – Source: Medicare.gov, 2014

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At a Skilled Nursing Facility, a registered nurse is required to be available only 8 hours per day. – Source: Medicare.gov, 2014

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At an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, like ARC, a registered nurse is required to be available 24 hours a day. – Source: Medicare.gov, 2014

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The typical Skilled Nursing Facility provides only this many hours of therapy per week. – Source: Department of Health and Human Services

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At the Acute Rehabilitation Center, this is how many hours of therapy per week you can expect, or more. (Remember, the more therapy, the more recovery.)

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At an Inpatient Rehabilitation Center you will experience 8 times greater improvement in cognitive ability (reading, using a phone, following complex instructions) versus being treated at a Skilled Nursing Facility. – Source: ACRM, “Does Post-acute Site Matter” A Longitudinal Study Assessing Functional Recovery After a Stroke”, 2013

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At an Inpatient Rehabilitation Center you will experience 5 times greater improvement in mobility (walking, bending, lifting and carrying) versus being treated at a Skilled Nursing Facility.
Source: ACRM, “Does Post-acute Site Matter” A Longitudinal Study Assessing Functional Recovery After a Stroke”, 2013

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At an Inpatient Rehabilitation Center you will experience 3 times greater improvement in self-care ability (feeding, toileting, grooming, dressing, meal preparation) versus being treated at a Skilled Nursing Facility.
Source: ACRM, “Does Post-acute Site Matter” A Longitudinal Study Assessing Functional Recovery After a Stroke”, 2013

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The numbers in this article represent facts. And the fact is stroke survivors can make dramatic improvements by choosing an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, like ARC. But the choice you make now has a lot to do with it. After all, what could be more important?

To learn more about Stroke Rehabilitation at ARC call 800.972.8859 or click here.