Can Stroke Rehab Be Done At Home?

29 Aug, 2022

Stroke survivors often require physiotherapy to regain their motor skills, which are often impaired as a result of the stroke.

There are many ways to approach the physical therapy component, but many survivors or loved ones wonder if they can get the same results at home, as they may get in a health care facility.

In most cases, even if a person does follow an in-patient rehabilitation program, they will still need to continue their therapy at home as well. In this article, we will look closely at stroke rehabilitation and the types of exercises that can be done at home to help a person recover.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. It is a medical emergency as the sooner the blood flow is restored, the less damage the patient will face.

There are two main causes of a stroke:

  • Haemorrhagic, when a weak blood vessel that supplies the brain blood, ruptures. 
  • Ischaemic, when the blood supply is blocked as a result of a blood clot. This is the most common cause of strokes.

The aftermath of a stroke can greatly lower a person’s quality of life. Stroke survivors often deal with long-term issues such as:

  • Speech problems
  • Difficulty moving or walking
  • Cognitive impairment, etc.

Stroke patients often require post-stroke rehabilitation in order to heal from their injury. In some cases, even after they return home from a rehab program, patients may still require at-home care and support from family members or friends. 

At-home care for stroke survivors

Once a person is discharged from a stroke rehabilitation program, it’s recommended they continue their physiotherapy at home, either with the help of a loved one, an Occupational Therapist or a Physiotherapist. 

There are many types of home exercises that can support stroke recovery:

  • Mirror therapy
  • Constraint-induced rehabilitation exercises
  • Re-learning basic motor skills such as standing, grabbing, walking, etc.

Stroke patients often need Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy in order to recover from a stroke. While Physiotherapists help a patient regain their motor skills, Occupational Therapists help a person improve their ability to perform daily activities such as getting dressed or using their phones.

Should you try Physiotherapy at home for stroke recovery?

Stroke survivors who receive Physiotherapy at home can successfully navigate their stroke recovery journey, in the comfort of a familiar environment. Many Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists provide home-based and long-term care for stroke patients.

These services aren’t just essential for stroke survivors, they can also help their loved ones navigate these difficult times and provide professional help and support.

If your loved one has suffered a stroke, the Gen Physio team is here for both of you, with caring and professional stroke rehab services delivered at your home.

Contact our team today to learn more

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