What To Expect At Day Rehabilitation – 4th Generation Clinics


After my stroke I was I couldn’t move at all. Both left and right hand side Chas had a stroke on the
12th of December, 2012. It was a very serious stroke. I had a brain aneurysm 13 years ago. It gave me left-side paralysis. So I couldn’t walk, wheelchair-bound,
left arm doesn’t work, Facial weakness – basically every
muscle in my left side. Day rehab’s a centre-based program
where patients come in from home to work on their specific areas of
deficit following a stroke. By coming in they’re able to access
specific robotics and technologies to work on those deficits that wouldn’t
be available in their own homes. I get physical therapy, speech therapy,
occupational therapy, teaching me to have new skills and
strengthening the skills I have. Circuit’s a way that we can provide
therapy in a group environment. We have a number of different stations
within the circuit that involve a different task or a
different rehab process. The research shows us that repetition,
intensity and meaning are the important factors in a
successful rehabilitation program. Day rehab allows us to manipulate those
to a greater extent. We try to keep our program on the
cutting edge, so we have a number of very high end pieces of
technological equipment. They include our LocoMat, which is a
body-weight support treadmill. They put you in harnesses and they
connect you to computer-controlled movement of the
normal pattern of walking. Hopefully that walking pattern is
going to be remembered by my brain and slowly I’ll recover
that normal walking pattern. The day rehab program allows us to
research the specifics of the program that lead to the greater improvement so we can change our rehab programs to
lead to the best outcomes. The goal was to get back to as normal
as I possibly could prior to the stroke. I know that’s a very general comment, but I was asked that question 100 times
and that was my answer every time. As a social worker I work with the
patient and carer to come to terms with their new stage in life. We support them, we link them into
services if required. In occupational therapy it’s more about
trying to improve their function with their every-day living. Arm-wise we’ve made great gains. I’m learning natural every-day uses like
holding my tooth paste and so on. Typical goals that people have is that
they’d like to make their speech clearer so that
it’s intelligible. They’d like their voice to be louder, they’d like to be able to
speak fluently, and not lose their train of throught
while they’re speaking. We have students from medicine,
allied health and nursing that in the day rehab program can learn
about best practice in rehab based on current evidence which will put them in good stead when
they become practitioners. I go home with a smile on my face and
I’m ready to give it my everything because I know there’s hope. I knew there was hope in myself but to
hear the medical team say that too, because they’ve got different training,
is wonderful.

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