Page 23

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

Stroke rehabilitation program

SOMEONE in Australia will have a stroke, every 9 minutes*. Optimum recovery following stroke has been linked to accessing specialised neurological or stroke specific rehabilitation. St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital (SJGFRH) offer rehabilitation to people who have suffered a stroke or other neurological condition. Their neurological team includes a rehabilitation physician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, dietitian, social worker and pastoral carer. They offer stroke specific inpatient and outpatient programs where rehabilitation is tailored to meet the individual goals and needs of each patient they provide therapy to. Their physiotherapists will work with you to improve your walking, movement, strength, balance and sensory impairments. The therapy will aim to return you to as normal function as achievable including a focus on returning to everyday activity. They will establish an individualised exercise program within their fully equipped gymnasium and provide you with a home exercise program once discharged. If appropriate, you may also access their onsite heated hydrotherapy pool. Occupational therapists focus on functional goals and can work with you to improve management of

daily activities including personal, household or community tasks. They have a fully equipped kitchen and occupational therapy gym, including a hand-arm motor rehabilitation system called a PABLO® SYSTEM. They also offer art therapy, cognitive therapy; therapeutic groups including a Breakfast and Garden Group, as well as return to work and return to driving programs. In addition if indicated, the OTs may also conduct home visits to assess safety and function within your own home. Speech pathologists help manage language problems, articulation issues, cognitive communication, social communication and swallowing problems. They can also prescribe alternative communication devices. Their dietitians can help ensure a patient is meeting nutritional requirements following a stroke and can provide healthy eating advice for home. Social workers provide advice regarding services and supports to patients and their families. The social worker’s role is to enhance social and emotional functioning through targeted interventions and assisting in setting up or initiating services and supports. They provide counselling and therapy related to diagnosis, trauma or illness; grief, loss and bereavement, coordination of services and advance care planning The pastoral services team

are available to look after your emotional, spiritual or religious wellbeing and beliefs and are available to you regardless of your culture, faith and spiritual belief. They can assist you and your family to adjust and cope with being in hospital, illness, diagnosis, mental health issues, injury, disability and questions around meaning and purpose. SJGFR are proud to be working in association with the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Monash University and

La Trobe University in research. They are currently involved in the SENSe implement research, which focuses on objective assessment and treatment of sensory impairments (for example: decreased sense of touch) after stroke and enables greater improvements in patient outcomes and recovery from stroke. St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital take pride in providing excellence in care and specialised stroke / neurological rehabilitation. They believe care should be holistic and patient centred.

*Deloitte Access Economics – Stroke in Australia – No postcode untouched, 2017 For more information about their facilities, services or programs please call 9788 3333. Referrals: Outpatient referrals can be sent to: St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital 255-265 Cranbourne Road, Frankston 3199. Fax: (03) 9788 3280 Inpatient referrals can be sent to: Fax: (03) 9788 3304

Someone in Australia will have a stroke, every 9 minutes Deloitte Access Economics – Stroke in Australia – No postcode untouched, 2017

Let our Neurological rehabilitation team help you. Our team are dedicated to helping you improve your function after suffering a stroke. They will create a program that is personalised to suit your goals and needs. We offer specialised inpatient and outpatient programs. Tel.: 9788 3333 www.sjog.org.au/frankston

Email: info.frankstonrehab@sjog.org.au

255-265 Cranbourne Road, Frankston

Frankston Times 14 May 2018

PAGE 23

14 May 2018  

Frankston Times 14 May 2018

14 May 2018  

Frankston Times 14 May 2018

Advertisement