Stroke Care: Aftercare and Support

If you or someone you love is recovering from a stroke, rehabilitation, education and  support services provide vital information to both stroke survivors and family members as you work to regain skills and quality of life.

Rehabilitation helps you or your family member relearn skills that were lost as a result of the stroke. The level of rehabilitation you need is determined by how much damage resulted from the stroke and whether you can safely return to home. For some people, inpatient rehabilitation is needed to regain enough function to return to your home or community. Treatment may include:
  • Movement and posture
  • Strength and balance
  • Daily activities such as eating, dressing, bathing and personal hygiene
  • Vision
  • Speech and language
  • Swallowing
  • Cognitive skills such as planning, memory improvement and problem solving
Inpatient rehabilitation
Fairview Acute Rehabilitation Center provides therapy to help stroke survivors become as independent as possible. Therapy is provided up to three hours per day, seven days a week to help you recover more quickly. Treatment is focused on tasks that will assure your safety at home. The average stay is seven to 20 days. Inpatient care is also offered through Fairview's Transitional Care Center. Both facilities are located on the University of Minnesota Medical Center - West Bank.

Outpatient rehabilitation
Outpatient therapy is available at all Fairview hospitals and some clinics. Our experienced physical, occupational, and speech-language therapists provide a range of therapies to meet your specific needs. They will work with you and your physician to create a rehabilitation plan that focuses on your goals. The length of treatment is based on your needs.

See our Locations tab for the location nearest you.

Support Groups

Stroke Thrivers
This group meets monthly and offers stroke survivors and their families support and education.
When: Third Tuesday of each month, 1:30–2:45 p.m. (no summer classes)
Where: Fairview Southdale Hospital
No fee or registration required.

Life in Bloom communication group
Our Life in Bloom communication group informs and inspires stroke survivors on their way to better communication and quality of life after stroke. A speech-language pathologist shares strategies and creative conversation in an accepting group.
When: First Monday of each month, noon-1:30 p.m (no summer classes)
Where: Fairview Southdale Hospital
No fee or registration required.

Tai Chi
Specially designed for survivors of stroke, cardiac surgeries or cardiac event, this program is based on Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese “moving meditation.” Slow, rhythmic movements are done in a variety of postures. The focus is on balance, relaxation, and concentration. It is not an aerobic form of exercise and can be done seated. This class is taught by a certified Tai Chi instructor. Participants report improved balance, strength and reduced stress.
When: Wednesdays, 12:45–1:45 p.m.
Where: Normandale Lutheran Church
6100 Normandale Rd., Edina, MN 55436

For information on support groups near you, see our calendar of classes, events and support groups.

Peer visitors
Support is also available from our Peer Visitors — stroke survivors and caregivers who have received specialized training — who provide daily support through visits with patients and families.

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