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Did You Know? The American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association has issued its first guidelines on adult stroke rehabilitation calling for intensive, multidisciplinary treatment. Before leaving the hospital, patients and caregivers should receive a formal falls-prevention program to prevent accidents at home. The consistency of the findings in favor of IRF referral suggests that stroke survivors who qualify for IRF services should receive this care in preference to SNF-based care. IRF - Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, SNF - Skilled Nursing Facility Other recommendations issued by the AHA/ASA include: 1. Stroke patients who have trouble walking should undergo intense mobility-task training to help relearn how to perform daily activities, such as climbing stairs. 2. Stroke patients who have trouble speaking should undergo speech therapy. 3. Balance training should be offered to stroke survivors at risk for falls. 4. Exercise regimens tailored to individual stroke patients can help them continue to improve their fitness level once their rehabilitation is complete. Source: American Heart Association, Inc. As one of the nation’s leading inpatient rehabilitation providers, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital continues to offer a higher level of stroke care, offering intensive, multidisciplinary treatments to help patients get back into the community sooner. This specialized care includes: • Advanced technologies A Higher Level of Care® • At least three hours of therapy a day, five days a week • Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses® available 24/7 • Frequent physician visits* • Personalized rehabilitation programs targeting each patient’s specific needs 550 West College Avenue • Team approach to achieving goals • Weekly team meetings to discuss progress and goals Pleasant Gap, PA 16823 • 814-359-3421 * The hospital provides access to independent physicians. 52 “Good News” -- May -- www.bearcountrygoodnews.com NittanyValleyRehab.com