In 2019, Encompass Health became a national supporter of the American Stroke Association and Together to End Stroke. By working together, we can show how stroke is treatable, beatable and preventable. As part of the sponsorship, Encompass Health will work with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to develop educational tools for healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers. Forty-seven Encompass Health hospitals will also participate in local AHA Go Red for Women Luncheons across the country.
According to the 2016 adult stroke rehabilitation guidelines released by the American Heart Association, whenever possible, stroke patients should be treated at an inpatient rehabilitation facility rather than a skilled nursing facility. While at an inpatient rehabilitation facility, a patient participates in at least three hours of rehabilitation a day from physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Nurses are continuously available and doctors typically visit daily. An inpatient rehabilitation facility may be a free-standing facility or a separate unit of a hospital. (SOURCE: AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, INC.)
Encompass Health and the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have worked collaboratively on a stroke patient and caregiver guide that includes resources, rehabilitation information and an area for patients to document their condition.
As a national sponsor of the American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke program, Encompass Health has supported the development of Simply Good cookbook for stroke survivors and people with other swallowing difficulties. The cookbook offers 14 delicious, heart-healthy recipes with modifications for various levels of swallowing ability. Simply Good also features healthy eating and cooking tips that benefit the whole family. Bon appetite!
Jessica Huey was just 28 years old when she experienced a stroke. See how it all unfolded and how she’s doing today thanks to the care she received at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Memphis, a partner of Methodist Healthcare.