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The goal of stroke rehabilitation

Recovering from a stroke depends on many things:

  • the type and location of the brain injury
  • your general health
  • your personality
  • your emotional status
  • the support of family and friends
  • the care you receive

Recovery is different for each person. It includes medical care, natural recovery, rehab and the return to your everyday activities.

You may have limits as a result of your stroke. Your goal in rehabilitation is to be as independent and productive as you can. You will learn new skills, improve your physical condition and learn how to do tasks in different ways.

Rehab usually begins in the hospital. It may continue after your hospital stay ends.

You, your family and your health care team will make decisions about your care before you leave the hospital.


 

Source: Allina Patient Education, Understanding Stroke: Information about Stroke and Recovery, fourth edition, ISBN 1-931876-13-4

First published: 02/01/2006
Last updated: 12/09/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Patient Education experts