The team at Bryn Mawr Rehab
Hospital excels in complex stroke treatment as they care for more than
600 patients recovering from a stroke every year. Our intensive stroke
rehabilitation program is certified and accredited by several national
health care organizations. We work with our patients and their families
to design therapy programs customized to their specific goals—using both
traditional and non-traditional modalities. This tireless creativity
means 99% of our stroke inpatients meet
the goals they’ve set with their case managers, upon discharge.
Stroke Treatment: Our Approach
When stroke patients arrive at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital—generally from
acute-care hospitals—the main focus is restoring mobility. The body and
brain are ready to recover, so we make sure patients are out of bed and
active during their rehab stay. In fact, we make sure our stroke
patients participate in a minimum of three hours of intensive
rehabilitation therapy an average of five out of seven days. The
most rapid improvement usually occurs in the first few months after the
stroke, so we develop unique stroke treatment and therapy plans that
help patients immediately build on their strengths and learn to
compensate for limitations.
The average inpatient stay for a stroke patient is just under three
weeks. During their stay at Bryn Mawr Rehab, stroke patients benefit
medical care from board-certified rehabilitation physicians and
24-hour rehabilitation nursing care
patient rooms, a therapy gym and family areas in a unified area
within the hospital
nursing stations located nearby with optimal sightlines to
Upon discharge, 61% of stroke survivors were able to return home. Many
patients discharged from the Stroke Rehabilitation Program can perform
most of each of their daily tasks on their own and require only minimal
assistance to complete the tasks.
Most stroke patients at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital are over the age of 65.
For stroke patients under the age of 50, we offer a Young Stroke
Program. This program emphasizes relearning the skills required for
these younger individuals to return to living as independent a lifestyle
as possible—including learning skills needed for returning to work and
resuming daily responsibilities.
Since stroke patients often have low physical capabilities, many of our
therapies focus on conserving energy and building physical tolerance for
walking, exercise and the tasks of daily life. For some patients, we
re-train them to walk by using a harness system that safely suspends
them above a low-speed treadmill. When a patient is ready, we provide
access to a fully equipped kitchen and simulated living areas for
patients to practice skills they will need when they return home.
All stroke treatment patients receive care from physicians and nurses 24
hours a day, seven days a week. Since stroke patients may experience
confusion or difficulty adjusting to their new limitations, Bryn
Mawr Rehab Hospital is equipped with specialized safety equipment
that reduces risk of injury, including an electronic WanderGuard®
Locating System, net enclosures around beds, seat belts and bed alarms.
Inpatient therapies and services include, but are not limited to:
including use of walking harness systems, like Lokomat®Pro if
After an inpatient stay, many patients may benefit from continued
treatment on an outpatient basis. We offer several specialized services
in our continuum of care and combine them into a customized plan to
improve recovery after stroke. The following stroke-specific services
are offered at various outpatient locations
throughout Philadelphia’s western suburbs:
During their inpatient stay, patients work with our
team of experts to re-learn important life skills like eating,
walking and getting dressed. We often involve patients’ families in this
training, so they can learn how to help their loved one accomplish tasks
as needed. For those traveling long distances, we offer comfortable on-site
family accommodations—available with reservations. Families with a
loved one participating in outpatient rehab are often invited to
participate in therapy sessions as well. We find that family support and
encouragement is a critical part of the recovery process.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.