The goal of stroke rehabilitation is to help you relearn skills you lost when a stroke affected part of your brain. Stroke rehabilitation can help you regain independence and improve your quality of life. Researchers have found that people who participate in a focused stroke rehabilitation program perform better than most people who don’t have stroke rehabilitation.
What you do in rehabilitation depends on what you need to become independent. You may work on various skills including:
- Self-care skills such as feeding, grooming, bathing, toileting and dressing
- Mobility skills such as transferring, walking or self-propelling a wheelchair
- Communication skills in speech and language
- Cognitive skills such as memory or problem solving
- Social skills for interacting with other people
- General strength and endurance training
If you’ve had a stroke, you may need special rehabilitation so your body will function better and you can get back to your daily activities. Strokes, or cerebrovascular accidents, are one of the most common, disabling health problems that requires rehabilitation.