A stroke is a sudden injury to part of the brain caused when blood flow in an artery stops. Stroke deprives areas of the brain of oxygen and nutrients, which damages functions and abilities.
After a stroke you may face a range of difficulties that make it difficult for you to do the things you would like to be able to do. These difficulties may include physical problems, difficulties with your memory or attention, problems with your vision or sensation, and emotional difficulties such as depression.
At Meridian Rehab our Occupational Therapists can work with you to set individualized rehabilitation goals and work towards those goals together. Examples of goals include returning to taking care of yourself independently, returning to homemaking tasks, returning to driving, and returning to leisure activities.
After a stroke many clients will struggle with their speech. This difficulty, called aphasia, is a communication disorder that occurs after damage to the parts of the brain that control language. It can affect speaking, understanding, reading, and writing. Our Speech-Language Pathologists can work with you to treat the cognitive-communication difficulties and teach family members strategies for communication. The Speech-language Pathologists can also assess and treat swallowing difficulties, which are commonly seen following stroke.
Our Kinesiologists may work with clients following stroke on regaining physical abilities, balance, range of motion, and strength.
Brain Injury Services
Following a traumatic brain injury, individuals may find they have physical difficulties (balance, spasticity, coordination), difficulties with thinking (difficulties with memory, attention, organization), emotional difficulties (depression, difficulties regulating emotions), and speech difficulties (difficulties finding the right words, fluency, articulation). Brain injury can range from mild to severe, and impairments are unique to each individual.
Our team of Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Kinesiologists, and Rehab Assistants will work with you to reach your functional goals through a customized and individualized approach.