Stroke rehabilitation is training and therapy that helps a person
regain function and relearn skills that were lost as a result of a stroke. The
focus of rehabilitation (rehab) depends on which part of the brain was damaged from the
stroke and how much damage was done.
Rehab begins in the hospital, when the person's health is
stable after having a stroke. A rehab team that includes doctors and
nurses and physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapists helps
the person to resume activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, and
dressing. Some people may need help learning how to walk again, communicate,
and overcome disabilities from the stroke.
A psychologist can provide counseling to help the person or family members adjust and cope after a stroke. Counselors may use interviews and tests to identify and understand where the person is having trouble with thinking or memory.