Stroke Recovery & Management in Sydney
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is when there is a problem with the blood supply to the brain. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients for your brain cells. The brain is our control centre, it controls how we think, move, feel and communicate. If the blood supply is interrupted then brain cells are effected. How a stroke affects you depends on the area of the brain that is injured and how badly. When the symptoms of a stroke last only a short time (less than an hour), this is called a transient ischemic attack (TIA).
Stroke is a leading cause of disability in Australia. Common symptoms following a stroke include weakness of the arm or leg, reduced mobility, communication and swallowing problems, thinking difficulties, fatigue and pain. Many people discharged home from acute hospitals following a stroke continue to experience difficulties related to stroke. If this sounds like you or someone you know, then our Stroke Rehabilitation Day Program may be of assistance.
What are the most common types of strokes?
There are two types of stroke: ischaemic stroke (caused by a blockage to the blood flow to the brain) and haemorrhagic stroke (caused by bleeding into the brain – also known as intracerebral haemorrhage, or around the brain – called a subarachnoid haemorrhage).
Treatment and rehabilitation after stroke can help you to relearn skills and improve your quality of life. The sooner you begin stroke rehabilitation, the more likely you will be to regain abilities and skills.
The Sydney Stroke Rehabilitation Centre at MetroRehab Hospital specialises in rehabilitation for stroke patients. If you or a loved one has experienced a stroke, there is simply no better place to turn.
How can our rehabilitation programs assist?
At the Sydney Stroke Rehabilitation Centre, we believe in a multidisciplinary rehabilitation approach. Studies have shown that a multidisciplinary approach achieves the best outcomes in stroke rehabilitation.
Under the direction of a rehabilitation specialist, you will be assessed by our experienced therapists. We bring together the combined expertise of the therapists and a tailor a rehabilitation plan utilising the most appropriate mix of therapies to support you to achieve your goals.
Your expectations and aspirations will be integral to the planning process as we work with you towards recovery and increased independence.
Our team will assess your achievement regularly, set a realistic timeframe for discharge and coordinate your continued care. We encourage a family conference for both you and your loved ones to learn more about your condition and your progress during rehabilitation.
MetroRehab Hospital offers a range of specialised equipment for stroke rehabilitation including:
- Litegait training – partial body weight support treadmill system for gait retraining.
- Bioness L300 – advanced Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) system to improve muscle activity in the leg when walking.
- Saebo – a custom fabricated mechanical orthosis that allows incorporation of the affected arm into functional upper limb retraining or reach and grasp.
- Thera-trainer tigo – a versatile leg and arm trainer that facilitates functional recovery and improved motor skills by allowing the patient to exercise their legs and upper body with or without motorised assistance – whilst sitting in a chair or wheelchair.
Commitment to national stroke standards
The Sydney Stroke Rehabilitation Centre at MetroRehab Hospital participates in the bi-annual National Stroke Foundation Rehabilitation Audit and we are proud to be excelling in the following areas with past results:
- 100% of the time our patients were involved in their goal setting.
- 100% of the time carers received relevant training.
- Best practice and evidence-based intensity of therapy is met.
- Dedicated specialised stroke (or neuro-rehab) team.
Other advantages when choosing The Sydney Stroke Rehabilitation Centre at MetroRehab Hospital for your stroke rehabilitation:
- Spasticity management: Specialised assessment/treatment by accredited doctors including Botulinum Toxin injections and personalised multidisciplinary management programs
- Hydrotherapy: gravity-free movement in a warm therapeutic environment can be an effective component of a neurological rehabilitation program; buoyancy can aid your range of movement and allow you to build on your fitness, balance and strength
- A dedicated stroke/neurological rehabilitation services coordinator allocated to your rehabilitation to provide education and support to you and your family.
Fees & Charges
MetroRehab Hospital has established contracts with all major health insurers and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. In many cases the fee is covered by the health insurer, however you should check with your fund if you have any additional charges specific to your health policy. We also cater for full fee paying patients who do not have private health insurance.
Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
Our inpatient service offers a tailored rehabilitation program to suit your individual needs with the goal of improving your functional capacity and enhancing quality of life.
Under the care of a rehabilitation specialist, you will have a program tailored to your needs incorporating nursing and the most appropriate mix of the full range of allied health disciplines including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work, dietetics and clinical psychology
MetroRehab Hospital offers state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities and hydrotherapy pool. Our meals are cooked on site and a nutritional plan can be advised by our in-house dietitians. In this program you will receive an individualised treatment plan which sets your personalised goals for rehabilitation.
Inpatient Program Details
Rehabilitation Day Program
The day program provides rehabilitation to patients who are well enough and independent enough to come in from home rather than staying in hospital overnight. Patients may also attend the day program after their inpatient rehabilitation admission.
Day Program Details
For more information on our rehabilitation programs, contact us on (02) 8585 4900.