Rehabilitation after a stroke

After a stroke, you may have a variety of disabilities. Although some disabilities may be permanent, participation in a stroke rehabilitation (rehab) program can help you recover as much of your abilities as possible. The types of disabilities you have and your potential for recovery depend on:

  • Which side of the brain was affected (whether it's your dominant side).
  • Which region of the brain was damaged by the stroke.
  • How much of the brain was damaged.
  • Your general health before the stroke.

Starting rehabilitation as soon as possible after a stroke—even while you are in the hospital—is vital for your long-term recovery.

Your rehab may take place in different settings. A successful recovery depends on your ability and willingness to participate as well as good support from your family and health professionals.

  • Hospital and rehabilitation center programs. Stroke rehabilitation may be provided by a special rehab center or by a rehab unit in a hospital. Therapy will be provided by a team of therapists, including rehabilitation doctors and nurses and an occupational therapist, speech therapist, physical therapist, psychologist, and recreational therapist. You may remain hospitalized or participate as an outpatient.
  • Nursing home programs. Some nursing homes provide stroke rehabilitation programs.
  • Outpatient programs. Outpatient rehabilitation programs allow you to live at home and receive a full range of services at a hospital outpatient department, rehab center, or day hospital program.
  • Home health programs. Home health programs allow you to live at home and receive rehabilitation services from visiting health professionals, such as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or a speech therapist. An important advantage of a home program is that you can learn skills for daily living where you will use them.

For more information, see the topic Stroke Rehabilitation.

Last Updated: January 8, 2009

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