Stroke Rehabilitation Program
The Stroke Program at New England Rehabilitation Hospital is dedicated to providing comprehensive interdisciplinary, evidence-cased assessment and treatment for individuals who have sustained a stroke. Our comprehensive interdisciplinary team approach focuses on physical, social, cognitive, communication and psychological needs. Our staff participates in specialized competency training in the area of stroke rehabilitation.
The Stroke Program at New England Rehabilitation Hospital offers a program track referred to as "Young" Stroke. The "Young" stroke is one of the first programs of it's kind established in the United States. It's focus is the individual's return to a higher level of functioning, including work, driving, family and community responsibilities.
The Stroke Rehabilitation Team Consists of:
- An interdisciplinary treatment team of medical and rehabilitation specialist co-lead by an Internist and a Physiatrist (a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation)
- Other medical specialities to include:
- Infectious Disease Specialist
- Nurses specializing in 24-Hour Rehabilitation Nursing
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Speech Language Pathologist
- Case Manager
- Benefits specialist
Our Stroke Program provides:
24-Hour Rehabilitation nursing to address and reinforce acquired functional skills, to assist with education of the patient and family
Availability of State-of-the-Art rehabilitation technology to include:
All patients receive the Medicare required 3 hours/ day, 5 days/week of physical, occupational and/or speech therapies,
Neurodevelopmentally, Neuro-IFRA Trained Therapists
Swallowing evaluations within 24 hours of admission by a SpeechLanguage Pathologist.
Video-fluoroscopy to determine the extent of swallowing disorders
Specialized clinics, to include:
Specialized programs, to include:
- Wheelchair Clinic
- Brace Clinic
- Orthotic Clinic
- Positioning/Seating Management Clinics
Patient/Family Education Nights
Stroke Peer Support Group
Nutritional Support & Education
Home Safety Evaluations
Weekly Team Meeting
Family Conference (as needed)
Family/Patient Stroke Education
Therapeutic Pool (Woburn only, 96 degrees)
In- and Out-Patient Support
Behavioral Management Program overseen by Psychaitry
Comprehensive Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Services
- Young stroke program
- Slow to recover program
- Bowel and bladder management program
- Swallowing retraining program.
- Tone/Spasticity management, Baclofen Pump Program
- Phase out program
- Safe Steps Balance Assessment and Retraining Program
- Driving Evaluation Program
- Functional Mobility Program
- Functional Communication Program
Benefits Management and Coordination
An illness or injury may affect a person's capacity for returning to work. If one of our patients is likely to be unable to return to work for a short or extended period, New England Rehabilitation Hospital offers the services of a Benefits Specialist to help the patient and family with practical matters of income replacement and health insurance concerns. The Benefits Specialist addresses such matters as: filing for Family and Medical Leave, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Social Security Disability, MassHealth and COBRA assistance. The Benefits Specialist is also able to address social concerns of emergency aid for those persons who may not have worked prior to the injury or illness.
New England Rehabilitation Hospital recognizes the importance of assisting patients back to their homes, communities and places of work. The benefits service is dedicated to achieving those goals by helping patients and families navigate through disability benefits systems and by providing support to patients and families as they go through this often difficult and confusing process. Many patients have commented that they would not have known "where to begin" and that this service completes their overall rehabilitation.
New England Rehab Offers Elder Assist Clinic
New England Rehabilitation Hospital in conjunction with the Senior Resource Center (SRC) now offers complimentary, weekly Elder Assist Clinics in Woburn. These pre-registered private appointments with SRC's Eldercare Nurse Attorneys help patients and their families with important issues, to include:
- How to pay for current and long term health care needs
- How to protect your home and your hard assets
- Advice on estate planning
These clinics serve as a bridge in helping New England Rehabilitation Hospital patients and their families deal with transition needs for a safe and timely discharge home, to a skilled nursing facility, or an assisted living facility.
Senior Resource Center, Inc. is a full-service eldercare planning advisory group, supporting seniors and their families throughout Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire.
Stroke Program Brochure