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Stroke rehab options

Some people do not need rehab after a hospital stay. If you do, you have four options.

The type of rehab you receive depends on your ability to take part in therapy, your medical and nursing needs and your caregiver.

Hospital programs

These are for patients who need doctor and nurse care every day. These programs are done in special rehab hospitals or in acute care hospitals.

Patients stay in the hospital where they undergo therapy. Patients must be in therapy for at least three hours each day.

Nursing home or skilled nursing facility

Patients stay in the nursing home for 24-hour care.

Nursing homes offer different programs. Some offer full rehab while others offer limited services.

Outpatient programs

These are for patients who live at home. They go to the hospital for care during the day.

Home care

These programs let patients receive services in their own homes.


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