Stroke Rehabilitation
Providing an early start to recovery
Recovering from a stroke can be one of the greatest challenges you will face, and where you go for treatment can make a difference. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recommend that, whenever possible, patients recovering from a stroke be treated in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital rather than a skilled nursing facility.1 The goal of our comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program is to help you increase your independence and physical functioning, as well as enhance your quality of life.

 

1Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery. American Heart Association, Inc. 2016

What sets us apart

California Rehabilitation Institute treats patients with a wide range of complex medical, physical, cognitive and emotional needs. This gives us unparalleled expertise and experience to address your individual challenges, goals and hopes for the future.

  • Coordinated care, stronger recovery

    Stroke survivors who choose an inpatient rehabilitation hospital have greater improvement and fewer complications, and are able to return home sooner than those treated at nursing facilities or other settings.1,2,3  At California Rehabilitation Institute, you’ll find a highly individualized, carefully integrated program of stroke care that has been shown to make the difference in patients’ outcomes. 

    1Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery. American Heart Association, Inc. 2016.

    2Comparison of Functional Status Improvements Among Patients with Stroke Receiving Postacute Care in Inpatient Rehabilitation vs. Skilled Nursing Facilities. JAMA. 2019.

    3Assessment of Patient Outcomes of Rehabilitative Care Provided in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) and After Discharge.

  • A team approach to treatment

    Stroke rehabilitation requires the sustained and coordinated effort of a large inter-professional team. Communication and coordination among team members is paramount in maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of rehabilitation.— American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

    At California Rehabilitation Institute, we draw on the knowledge of an experienced team of stroke rehabilitation specialists to address the range of medical, physical, functional and emotional issues you face.

    This interdisciplinary team is led by a physiatrist, a physician board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and includes rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational, speech and recreation therapists; neuropsychologists; dietitians; case managers and other clinical and support staff as needed.

  • An early to start recovery

    Studies show that the sooner you begin a highly coordinated, comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program, the greater gains you are likely to achieve.1  As a specialized hospital, California Rehabilitation Institute offers you an early start to rehabilitation. We work closely with you, your family and the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to our program.

    Here you will benefit from a minimum of three hours of physical, occupational and/or speech therapies a day, five days a week. The skills and strategies you learn during therapy will be reinforced by your nursing team and in recreational activities.

    Depending on the nature and extent of your stroke, you may be provided with a wheelchair and/or other assistive equipment including electronic aids to assist with daily tasks during your admission.

    You and your family will also receive education and training to help maintain your overall health and well-being following discharge.

    When you’re ready, we’ll coordinate your discharge, help arrange for equipment and provide access to community resources that may be available to you. Our goal, like yours, is for you to move forward with as much independence and confidence as possible.

    1Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery. American Heart Association, Inc. 2016.

  • An individualized care plan

    Treatment is carefully integrated and tailored to your specific needs and goals. Depending on the extent to which you have been impacted by a stroke, we will help:

    • Restore physical function and the ability to perform daily activities
    • Gain strength and endurance
    • Improve balance and mobility
    • Manage pain and spasticity
    • Overcome speech or communication deficits
    • Address swallowing issues or nutritional concerns
    • Develop new cognitive, communication and behavioral strategies
    • Improve vision deficits
    • Deal with emotional, psychological and/or social challenges
    • Return to home, work, school or community activities with as much confidence and independence as possible

    California Rehabilitation Institute’s highly individualized program will also help to maximize recovery for patients whose needs may be complicated by other existing medical conditions.

  • A unique continuum of care
    To help you return home and resume work, school, community and/or social activities, California Rehabilitation Institute provides an unparalleled continuum and continuity of care. We are here to help you manage your health from inpatient to outpatient care.
Our patients say it best
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“Every single day, I got more of myself back and felt more of a connection to my body.”

The technology of stroke recovery

To support your recovery, California Rehabilitation Institute brings innovation and cutting-edge technologies to treatment.

Below are some of the many advances now available to appropriate patients:

  • Robotic therapies, including exoskeletons, such as the Armeo Spring Trainer® and Indego®, to improve gait and motor function in the arms and hands
  • Body-weight supported treadmill training and electrical stimulation devices to improve balance, gait and walking
  • Electrical stimulation, mirror therapy, constraint induced movement therapy and other strategies to improve arm and hand function
  • Videofluoroscopy and VitalStim®, a non-invasive external electrical stimulation therapy, applied to the neck, to treat swallowing disorders
  • Computer-based exercises to improve memory, concentration, decision-making and other cognitive skills
  • Prism adaptation therapy and the Bioness Integrated Therapy System® (BITS), a computer-based program to address vision difficulties
  • Adaptive gaming and other platforms to help individuals participate in recreational and social activities
  • Wheelchair clinic with ATP-certified healthcare professionals for custom fit wheelchairs tailored to the patient’s needs
  • Augmentative and alternative communication devices to facilitate communication

Stroke recovery. Let us help.
We will work closely with you, and your family, physician and/or the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to California Rehabilitation Institute for your rehabilitation.
Did you know?
Studies* show that stroke survivors treated at a rehabilitation hospital like California Rehabilitation Institute have a higher level of independence and are more likely to be discharged home than those treated in other care settings. 
*Assessment of Patient Outcomes of Rehabilitative Care Provided in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) and After Discharge. Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC. 2014.