HealthSouth Sarasota Hosts Community Stroke Awareness Event
– May is National Stroke Awareness Month and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota will host an Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation Open House in order to bring awareness and provide education about stroke. This year, HealthSouth’s national campaign theme is “Restoring Hope” highlighting the critical role physical rehabilitation plays in restoring function following a stroke.
The Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation Open House will be held on Wednesday, May 10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the hospital located at 6400 Edgelake Drive in Sarasota. The community is invited to attend and participate in sessions covering aspects of stroke prevention and rehabilitation.
Sessions will include Art in Healing, blood pressure screenings, a pharmacy presentation on the impact of blood pressure medication and fall risk, Improving Your Balance with Tai Chi, Fitness for Life, a healthy cooking demonstration and HealthSouth Sarasota’s annual stroke survivor patient reunion. The event will also feature hourly prize drawings and healthy refreshments.
“It’s important for everyone to learn the facts about stroke and stroke prevention as it can happen to anyone at any time,” said Matt Shouse, director of therapy operations of HealthSouth Sarasota. “Because our hospital is a leader in stroke rehabilitation care, we feel strongly about stroke survivors starting a rehabilitation program quickly after a stroke. Our team is here to help create an individualized plan for each patient and restore hope in getting back to the community.”
To learn more about individual sessions offered, visit HealthSouth Sarasota online.
HealthSouth Sarasota implements a multidisciplinary team approach to rehabilitation including regular visits from independent practice physicians and around the clock nursing care. Studies indicate 60 percent of stroke survivors can benefit from comprehensive rehabilitation.
The recent adult stroke rehabilitation guidelines released by the American Heart Association recommend, whenever possible, stroke patients should be treated at an in-patient rehabilitation facility rather than a skilled nursing facility. While at an in-patient rehabilitation facility, a patient participates in at least three hours of rehabilitation a day from physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Nurses are continuously available and doctors typically visit daily. An in-patient rehabilitation facility may be a free-standing facility or a separate unit of a hospital.
SOURCE: AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, INC.
About HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota is a 96-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout central and southwest Florida, the hospital is located at 6400 Edgelake Drive in Sarasota and on the Web at www.healthsouthsarasota.com
HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 36 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the web at www.healthsouth.com
Source: HealthSouth Corporation