Stroke Rehab

St. Charles leads Long Island in stroke rehab, hosting the only CARF-accredited Stroke Speciality Program in both Suffolk and Nassau County while offering the research opportunities expected from neuroscience institutes.

Stroke is the most common condition we treat at St. Charles and our stroke rehabilitation program reaches hundreds across Long Island every year, including in Suffolk Couty, where we are the only provider of acute rehabilitation for stroke.

At St. Charles, stroke rehab centers on acute rehabilitation because research has shown that rehabilitative care delivered at this level of intensity offers improved patients outcomes when compared to subacute care. Learn more.

Data shows that:

  • 98% of patients felt that Inpatient Rehabilitation at St. Charles prepared them to return home
  • Patients in our stroke rehabilitation program return to their home or community sooner
  • Three months after discharge, 95% of our patients are living at home

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St. Charles also takes stroke care a step further, offering patients who are medically qualified the opportunity to participate in clinical studies typically found only in academic medical centers or nationally ranked rehabilitation hospitals. Research at St. Charles includes a clinical trial of the Indego Exoskeleton for improved walking after stroke and an investigation of the benefits of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (deep brain stimulation).

With our commitment to advancing the future of stroke rehabilitation and a goal to offer the best stroke rehabilitation on Long Island, the Stroke Rehabilitation Program at St. Charles has been recognized as a Stroke Specialty Program by CARF International, the world’s leading accreditor of rehabilitation facilities.

Adults treated in the Stroke Rehabilitation Program include those who have experienced:

  • Ischemic Stroke (Blood Clot in the Brain)
  • Hemorrhagic stroke (Brain Bleeds)

Children who have experienced a stroke are treated through St. Charles’ Pediatric Rehabilitation Program. 

Features of the Stroke Rehabilitation Program at St. Charles include:

  • Intensive Therapy: Core therapies (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy) are provided a minimum of three hours per day, five days a week. Research shows that level of intensity, referred to as acute rehabilitation, delivers improved outcomes when compared to subacute care.
  • Direct Care by Board-Certified Physicians and Certified Rehabilitation Nurses: St. Charles has more than 8 physicians on staff trained to care for stroke patients. These doctors are board-certified physiatrists specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. St. Charles also provides care from certified rehabilitation registered nurses (CRRNs). Together, our doctors and nurses provide 24-hour care for each and every stroke patient.
  • Opportunities to Participate in Research for Stroke Rehabilitation:
  • Cutting-edge Treatments and Therapeutic Tools for:
    • Improving Brain Function: Our occupational therapists use a variety of interventions meant to increase a patient’s thinking abilities. These highly-skilled therapists use technologically advanced tools such as the Bioness Integrated Therapy System (BITS), which measures cognition for each patient and assigns a customized set of challenges intended to retrain the brain.
    • Gait Therapy: Following a stroke, St. Charles physical therapists work to help patients redevelop their brains and bodies for walking. During gait therapy, patients may employ body-weight supporting technologies and some may qualify for a clinical trial of the Indego Exoskeleton.
    • Developing Speech and Swallowing Abilities: St. Charles speech therapists help our patients develop their speech and throat control utilizing tools, such as VitalStim and advanced imaging techniques.
    • Psychology/Neuropsychology
  • An Immersive Rehabilitation Environment: The first rehabilitation module of its kind on Long Island, Downtown St. Charles enables patients to practice real-world adaptive skills while they are still in the hospital.
  • A Customized, Team-based Treatment Approach: Each patient is supported in their rehabilitation by an entire team of clinicians. The team collaborates to keep patients motivated as they work intensively to improve their ability to think, move, walk, talk, eat, and care for themselves. 
  • Complimentary Treatments: St. Charles offers complimentary treatments not widely available elsewhere, such as acupuncture for stroke symptom management and visual motor imagery techniques to help retrain the stroke-altered brain. These are offered in conjunction with, rather than in place of, mainstream medicine.
  • Recreational Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy and more.
  • Education and Support for Patients, Families and Caregivers:
    • Stroke Education program helps patients understand their diagnosis and the rehabilitation process.
    • Family/Caregiver orientation and regular meetings help build a strong support system for patients during treatment and beyond.
    • Falls Prevention and Home Education Program designed to empower patients and prevent falls after discharge.
    • Stroke Support Group for patients currently admitted for rehabilitation, as well as those who have been discharged from our program.

St. Charles Maintains Highest Rehabilitation Accreditation; Adds Brain Injury Specialty

St. Charles has achieved its third consecutive three-year accreditation in Rehabilitation and added specialty accreditation in Brain Injury Rehabilitation from CARF International, the global leader in rehabilitation accreditation.

Stroke Quality Award

St. Charles Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

St. Charles Hospital reached its tenth stroke quality milestone in 2017 with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Continue Your Rehabilitation With St. Charles After Discharge

Patients discharged from our acute rehabilitation hospital programs can continue their rehabilitation through any of our Outpatient Rehabilitation Network locations across Long Island.

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St. Charles Maintains Highest Rehabilitation Accreditation; Adds Brain Injury Specialty

St. Charles has achieved its third consecutive three-year accreditation in Rehabilitation and added specialty accreditation in Brain Injury Rehabilitation from CARF International, the global leader in rehabilitation accreditation.

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St. Charles Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

St. Charles Hospital reached its tenth stroke quality milestone in 2017 with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

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Continue Your Rehabilitation With St. Charles After Discharge

Patients discharged from our acute rehabilitation hospital programs can continue their rehabilitation through any of our Outpatient Rehabilitation Network locations across Long Island.

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