In the United States, about 800,000 people each year suffer a stroke and approximately two-thirds of these individuals require rehabilitation. The goals of rehabilitation are to optimize how the person functions after a stroke, the level of independence, and to achieve the best possible quality of life.
Two major factors can affect your outcome after a stroke:
The Tejas Post-Acute Stroke Program is an intensive program based on neuroplasticity, and can help a person who has had a stroke regain skills that have been lost.
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to adapt to changes and master new skills by forming new neural connections over time. Research shows that a well-focused, individualized, repetitive rehabilitation program helps the impaired functions or area of the brain affected by stroke, to more fully recover after a traumatic brain injury.
Our interdisciplinary team will work to address patients needs following a stroke.
Physicians protect the individual from developing new medical issues, and Tejas has onsite medical oversight not offered at other post-acute brain injury programs. Our program is carefully directed by Dr. David Morledge and Dr. Gregory Tempest, who are both neurologists. All physicians are responsible for managing and coordinating the long-term care of patients.
Rehabilitation nurses provide ongoing assessments for physical, emotional and personal wellbeing with patients and family, medication education, wound care, and education and management of skin, bladder and bowel issues.
Physical therapists help patients gain strength, coordination, endurance and skills needed to maximize independence with functional mobility and return to independent living in the home and community.
Occupational therapists engage the individual in meaningful ways to regain and improve skills of activities of daily living (ADLs) including eating, grooming, dressing, toileting, bathing; and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) including cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, money management, education, work, leisure and social participation.
Speech therapists help patients develop independence in communication, cognition and swallowing abilities. These interventions include restoration and/or compensation of communication for comprehension and expression of language including reading and writing as well as cognitive functions including memory, attention, problem solving and executive function skills.
Vision therapists address visual loss and impairment.
Neuropsychologists and Psychiatrists address emotional disturbances, such as anxiety, fear and sadness.
Case Managers assist patients, families/caregivers and treatment team in developing appropriate goals and plans for discharge as well as providing updates on funding status.
Patients that will benefit most from our program have completed their course at the inpatient rehabilitation level of care, but need more intensive therapy before returning to their home or the community.
A discharge to our program is considered a discharge home for an acute hospital, inpatient rehab., LTAC, or skilled nursing facility due to our licensure.