St. Lawrence has been providing treatment and facilitating recovery from strokes since 1971. Experience plus an uncompromising commitment to maximizing the best possible outcome for our patients, makes our integrated approach an ideal choice for stroke rehabilitation.
A comprehensive evaluation is the first step when a patient arrives at St. Lawrence. This includes a thorough assessment of the patient’s current status as well as a review of his or her previous functional status, lifestyle and support system. The impairment and strengths revealed during this evaluation as well as patient and family input, enable the rehab team to set measurable and meaningful goals.
Strong lines of communication between team members is standard practice at St. Lawrence. Through both informal and formal communication we keep each other updated on each patient’s progress. This enables us to quickly address areas of concern and to adjust the rehab strategy as needed. In all of our communication we are always mindful of the patient’s status as the key member of the team.
We include the family. Patient/family meetings with members of the rehab team are scheduled prior to discharge and as needed during the patient’s stay. These educational sessions are another means for ensuring open communication, reviewing progress and promoting a safe and smooth transition home.
St. Lawrence utilizes a highly individualized, creative and coordinated team approach for stroke rehabilitation. Our team members include:
Physiatrists: board-certified physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation lead and direct team members, address medical needs and consult internists and other specialists as needed
Rehabilitation Nurses: implement restorative care plans that reinforce skills and provide on-going patient/caregiver education.
Physical Therapists: strive to increase strength, improve balance and coordination, and assess equipment needs to promote safe mobility.
Occupational Therapists: teach skills to optimize independence in daily activities.
Neuropsychologists: psychologists with specialized training in how the brain is affected by disease or injuries.
Speech and Language Pathologists: work to improve speech, cognitive functioning and swallowing skills.
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist: focus on regaining an active leisure lifestyle and improving socialization skills.
Psychotherapists: address the emotional effects of stroke.
Registered Dieticians: ensure a nutritionally sound diet or those with swallowing disorders.
Program Managers: link patient and family to rehab team, insurance provider and community resources.
Pastoral Care: Coordinates spiritual ministry support for all faiths