Stroke Ongoing Care
Post-stroke rehabilitation does not undo the damage caused by a stroke, but helps individuals overcome disabilities that result from stroke damage. WellStar’s heart healthy programs, education and cardiac/stroke rehabilitation services focus on helping patients maintain a healthy heart, which goes hand in hand with stroke prevention.
Inpatient stroke education involves rehabilitation professionals teaching patients how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle, not only for the duration of the rehab, but also for the rest of their lives. Our skilled inpatient rehabilitation staff’s ongoing commitment to results has earned WellStar Cobb and Kennestone hospitals accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
WellStar Kennestone Hospital’s Outpatient Rehab Center offers one of only three Day Treatment Programs in the metro Atlanta area. The Day Treatment program provides comprehensive rehabilitation for patients needing continued intensive oversight of their recovery from neurological or traumatic injuries. Under the guidance of a board certified physiatrist, our interdisciplinary therapy team focuses on self-care and home management.
Outpatient Exercise Program classes provide support, information and ongoing education for a heart-healthy lifestyle including successful risk factor modification. Heart Smart School is a free education class for patients, family and friends taught by a cardiac nurse, an exercise specialist and a dietician. Topics include how the heart works, risk factor modification for a heart healthy lifestyle, cardiac nutrition, exercise and the emotional aspects of heart disease.
WellStar offers other services for people learning to live with the effects of a stroke, including home health services, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and Unlimited Possibilities, a complimentary after care support group for patients, family members and care givers.