Rehabilitation starts in the hospital as soon as possible after the Stroke. In patients who are stable, rehabilitation may begin within two days after the Stroke has occurred, and should be continued as necessary after release from the hospital.
Depending on the severity of the Stroke, rehabilitation options include:
- A rehabilitation unit in the hospital
- A subacute care unit
- A rehabilitation hospital
- Home therapy
- Home with outpatient therapy
- A long-term care facility that provides therapy and skilled nursing care
The goal in rehabilitation is to improve function so that the Stroke survivor can become as independent as possible. Survivors may need to relearn basic skills, such as eating, dressing and walking.