Adapting to the changes in life after suffering a stroke is challenging to say the least. There are new medications, therapies, and doctors one must see, not to mention the physical and emotional needs when recovering from a stroke. But patients recovering from stroke don’t need to do it alone. CentraState’s Transition of Care Stroke Outpatient Clinic provides a needed bridge to help stroke patients and their caregivers navigate those new challenges and achieve a level of independence.
“Patients who have been hospitalized for a stroke or a transient ischemic attack need comprehensive follow-up care in the first weeks after discharge to ensure the best outcomes,” explains Kerry Stroud, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, PCCN, stroke coordinator and nurse practitioner at CentraState’s Transition of Care Stroke Outpatient Clinic. “Our team helps stroke patients and their caregivers find the resources they need to transition to life after their stroke.”
An appointment with a Stroke Outpatient Clinic clinician helps the patient and caregiver begin to adjust to their post-stroke life. The clinicians educate the patient and caregiver on the nature of their stroke and help them understand the physiological changes as a result of the stroke. Additionally, the Stroke Outpatient Clinic helps coordinate care and services, including rehabilitation services.
“When I see my patients, the challenges of their stroke are still very new,” says Kerry. “I help them identify their long-term goals, assist them in finding their best treatment options, and ensure patients understand their medication.”
Patients also have access to CentraState’s OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center, where a neurologic physical therapist can design individualized care plans focused on achieving maximum independence and improved quality of life. Treatment may include physical and occupational therapy, speech and voice therapy, and cognitive therapy.
The Stroke Outpatient Clinic is also there for caregivers, providing resources to assist with home healthcare needs and personal support, helping them better understand their own needs and challenges in caring for a loved one after their stroke.
“Life after a stroke means profound changes for both the patient and the caregiver,” explains Kerry. “The clinic aims to build on the inpatient care patients received, help improve the quality of their recovery, and lead them to maximum independence.”
For more information about stroke care services at CentraState, visit centrastate.com/stroke-care or call 866-CENTRA7 (866-236-8727).