Stroke Recovery, Treatment and Therapy in Senior Care

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 03 April 2012

There are over 4 million stroke survivors in the United States, states a recent article from McKnight’s Long Term Care News & Assisted Living.

As a substantial 40% of these survivors require some kind of specialized care following the stroke, Julie Williamson, who penned the article, says “it stands to reason that rehabilitation providers are working harder than ever to provide good service.”

With what she describes as “an ever-growing array of stroke-recovery therapies and supplemental — and, in some cases, experimental — practices” and treatment approaches in the pipeline, coupled with the need for many senior care facilities to diversify their service offerings, comes a great opportunity for providers (and with it, more responsibility).

Though nursing homes are still the primary location in which to access physical therapy or rehabilitative services, the integration/availability of these services in assisted living is not far behind. In fact, many therapists (occupational and physical) currently make “house calls” to residents in assisted living, and some communities are adding therapy facilities to better meet residents’ rehabilitation needs.

Assisted living regulations remain a hot-button issue in many states though, as consumers, government agencies, and providers wrestle with what are appropriate levels of care within this venue; certainly the provision of specialized therapies may warrant updated or added regulatory oversight (which could increase the already high costs of care).

Your turn: Should assisted living offer therapy? Why or why not?



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