Recovery and Stroke Rehabilitation
The Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Jupiter Medical Center
offers rehabilitation to patients who were hospitalized and are ready
to leave the hospital setting but are not yet ready to go home. Patients
can go directly from the hospital to the Center and immediately begin
rehabilitative therapy to overcome any residual effects from the stroke.
The best way to overcome a stroke is to immediately begin a rehabilitation
program to improve function. As a result, the stroke survivor can become
as independent as possible by preserving dignity and motivating the survivor
to relearn basic skills that the stroke may have taken away, such as eating,
dressing and walking.
Physical, occupational and speech-language therapists on staff at the Center
create individually-tailored rehabilitation programs to teach stroke survivors
how to live with the changes the stroke may have caused to their brain
and body, and to help them adjust to living within their own home and
The Cary Grossman Health & Wellness Center provides outpatient services
that can help bring back quality of life and independence after a stroke.
Once the sub-acute phase of rehabilitation has been completed therapy
can be continued on an outpatient basis at the Center.
Specialty Services include:
Aquatic therapy is physical therapy that is performed in the water using
the resistance of the water instead of weights. Water can support weak
muscles, while enhancing the flexibility and range of motion. The goal
of aquatic therapy is to maintain strength, condition and improve overall function.
Water therapy exercise programs can include a variety of treatments that
can be specifically designed to provide relief for stroke patients. The
Cary Grossman Health & Wellness Center features highly-skilled, specially
trained therapists and the northern county’s only full-size, indoor,
heated swimming pool equipped with a hydraulic lift and a variety of professional
aquatic equipment to meet your physical and occupational therapy needs.
Bioness L300 is an electrical stimulation system that activates muscles
of the ankle that have been affected by stroke. This functional electrical
stimulation is used to assist with foot drop while walking.
Cognitive training is used by speech therapists and occupational therapists
to improve an individual’s ability to function after a brain injury
or other neurological event, such as a stroke. The exercises are used
as a tool to help achieve targeted therapeutic goals, such as enhancing
self-esteem, training frustration tolerance, and developing problem solving
LiteGait is a body weight support system used with or without a treadmill.
The LiteGait frees the therapist to observe gait patterns and make manual
adjustments in limb placement, weight shift, walking symmetry and gait
timing while keeping the patient in a free-fall environment.
Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
NDT is a hands on treatment approach used by physical therapists, occupational
therapists and speech-language pathologists. The approach was developed
to enhance the function of those having difficulties in controlling movement
resulting from neurological dysfunction.
Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, may occur after a stroke or other
cerebral vascular accident. Very few treatment options have been available
until recently, and most have not been very effective. VitalStim therapy
is a safe and effective treatment for patients with dysphagia.
This therapy is designed to help swallowing through the use of neuromuscular
electrical stimulation (NMES). Electrical stimulation is used to aid muscle
strengthening to rehabilitate the swallow.