Rehabilitation Services professionals assess and treat stroke patients so that they may resume their everyday activities in the least restrictive environment possible, with maximum independence. To do so, a patient may see several different therapists:
- A physical therapist to regain strength, range of motion, and safe mobility—the therapist may recommend exercises or mobility aids to ensure the patient's safety at home.
- An occupational therapist to assist with self-care skills—everything from self-feeding, bathing, and dressing to higher level functions such as preparing simple meals or assessing activity skills.
- A speech language pathologist to help with swallowing, cognitive, and basic language skills. For patients with muscle paralysis in the face, mouth, or neck, eating can be unsafe and communicating difficult. The speech language pathologist can assess the patient to make sure he can swallow safely.
Valley Medical Center is host to the most active Stroke Club in the Puget Sound region. Stroke survivors and caregivers are invited to attend to share experiences, make supportive friends and learn new skills. The Stroke Club meets monthly at Valley Medical Center's Medical Arts Center,Conference Room A, March through October. View the 2013 Stroke Club schedule with meeting dates and times, location information and topics.
The Valley Rehabilitation Services team works closely with other healthcare staff to ensure each stroke patient achieves his goals. For information about stroke and stroke rehabilitation, call Valley Medical Center's Stroke Services Clinic at 425.656.4266.