The goal of the Shannon Rehabilitation Center is to improve function so that the stroke survivor can become as independent as possible. This is accomplished by helping individuals relearn basic skills that a stroke may have taken away—skills like walking, communicating, dressing or bathing. All team members work together to assist the patient and family deal with the effects of stroke, which are often misunderstood without stroke rehabilitation expertise. These effects may include cognitive or perceptual impairment, reduced attention and awareness of body parts, visual field loss, or difficulty swallowing.
Our stroke team consists of professionals specializing in stroke care including:
- Medical director: Chris Vanderzant, DO.
- 24-hour rehabilitation nursing.
- Physical therapy.
- Occupational therapy.
- Speech therapy.
- Case management, social work and psychology.
- Orthotic and prosthetic consultations.
Through rehabilitation stroke survivors:
- Re-learn basic skills such as talking, eating, dressing and walking.
- Improve balance and endurance.
- Improve communication, swallowing and cognition such as memory and problem solving.
Life after stroke has its own challenges that will take support and determination to adjust to. Strokes can have an impact on intimacy, relationships, work and hobbies. In many instances stroke survivors have to learn to do things differently. The Shannon Rehabilitation Center team is here to help patients learn how to take care of themselves as well as teach the family how they can help. The overall goal is to attain optimal independence and quality of life.