Stroke victims speech therapy

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Avatar f tn Either way ask for what therapy should be followed to address any deficits and ask for a doctors order for those therapies, which may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy. You should never have been allowed out of the hospital without some explanation of preventative measues being taken. Does he have any deficits? With that knowledge someone here could respond specifically.
Avatar m tn It is hard to hire a caregiver who has to lift dead weight and change diapers. Do elderly stroke victims recover? Do they want to exert their aching bones during therapy? Would any improvements occur in a nursing home?
Avatar n tn I was told by his surgeon that his progress would be most effective between 6 months to one year. How to best help him? Is there any organization that helps stroke victims that perhaps I havae not heard of? Is there any hospital in the United States that specializes in rehabilation for survivors of such a stroke?
Avatar n tn I enjoy reading that research is leading to new breakthroughs to help victims of stroke. I have also read that although most recovery for stroke patients is seen within the first 6 months, that patients may recover for YEARS after stroke. I personally believe that a persons will and the support they receive greatly assist in their ability to recover. Researchers are also making breakthroughs to assist in the treatment of aphasis, dysphagia, paralysis etc.
Avatar m tn Hi All A long overdue update. My Dad is being cared for at home still. He has a reasonably good quality of life. He never recovered his speech and has only maybe 50% cognitive ability. Most of the time he's in good form, he reads books and papers but we can't tell how much is going through. He has vera very short attention span and is very restless often walking randomly around the house. Physically he's in good shape. Communication is very tough but we can understand each other now.
Avatar n tn For most stroke patients, the rehabilitation process includes nursing, occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), therapeutic recreation (TR) and speech therapy (or speech language therapy, SLP). OT involves exercise and training to help the stroke patient relearn everyday activities, sometimes called the Activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating and drinking, dressing, bathing, cooking, reading and writing, and toileting.
Avatar f tn Don't let them tell you he won't improve and don't give up fighting with the insurance companies for more therapy. My dad was 80 when he had his stroke so I think they just wanted to give up on him and put him in a nursing home. Good luck to you and keep us posted on his progress.
Avatar n tn My dad had a massive stroke in December of 2007. He is currently being fed by a PEG tube and I have spent countless hours researching anything that might help. I found a system called Vital Stim Therapy. The therapy uses a machine that massages the muscles used for swallowing. I believe it stimulates the area with electrical impulses. The treatment is said to be highly successful. 98% show improvement with about 35% being able to swallow and eventually remove the PEG tube.
Avatar f tn You'd probably experience (1) short-term memory problems, (2) mental fatigue, (3) trouble concentrating, (4) irritability, (5) impatience, (6) anxiety, (7) reduced problem-solving ability, (8) frustration, and (9) STRESS. Stress is when expectations exceed abilities. You have to remember, that stroke victims' brains have been crippled. Just because you can't see the damage doesn't mean that it's not there. Mentally, it's like swimming through molasses--it's very hard and tiring.
Avatar n tn Today, she has had really no improvement in her physical abilities eventhough she has had a lot of physical therapy, OT and speech therapy. She is in a wheelchair and can't do much. Her mental function has improved although her speech is not perfect and her short term memory is not so hot. They say if you survive a bleeding stroke your improvement should be better than an ischemic stroke, but unfortunately that has not been the case for her.
Avatar f tn I am currently doing speech therapy, and PT/OT for the vertigo, cause right now I cannot function cause the vertigo and nausea is so bad. Thank you for anything in advance!!
Avatar n tn She was also able to swallow during a speech therapy session. So she's still slowly improving, and she seems to be responding to commands like "open your mouth" at times, but it's not obvious enough to be 100% definitive. Thanks for the responses! I've shown them to the rest of my family and they definitely provide some comfort!
Avatar n tn to their diet to start. Apparently, stroke victims have a hard time with the uptake of food proteins. Next, find a doctor who will prescribe Ritalin for say, just a week to see if that will help "brighten" the patient up (20mg to 40mg depending on body weight, 12 hour time release). What I saw with my wife and others around her was that if YOU let them just sit, the stroke patient will do just that. They will do nothing to help themselves.
Avatar n tn Hi Sorry to hear about your friend's mum's stroke :( Yes the damage to her brain is irreversible. But yes with rehab & lots of hard work she can improve. No one knows how much can be gained, it may be a little, it may be a lot but the effort needs to be made. Please ask her family to get her into rehab as soon as she is medically stable. The sooner rehab starts the better. Also if they can find out what caused her stroke, so that steps can be made to prevent any more strokes.
Avatar n tn I also noticed last night that swelling in his right had and forarm is happening. Is this normal for stroke victims?
Avatar f tn he was eating also up untill about a week ago now he will not take his meds nor swallow anything, his speech therapy will not come back because he is not responding in anyway. since he had the stroke which is a mystery to me is my father do not make conversations nor talk.
Avatar f tn As the swelling and inflammation subsides and the blood supply is restored well, he should improve, until then he needs to be monitored. And once stable his doctor will initiate physical therapy. If the stroke is stabilized, and there is no further bleeding or clotting I would remain optimistic. Good luck with his therapy. Regards.
Avatar f tn He was - before the pneumonia - in the stroke unit but is back in ICU. He is paralysed on the right hand side and has no speech or cough ability. 1. The nurses are doing physio therapy with him but what can we do as a family when we are with him? Are there any excercises we can do with him? 2. How can we communicate with him, he can squeeze our hand but gets confused when we ask for 2 squeezes for no and one squeeze for yes. Any suggestions?
Avatar n tn and variants of this are common in stroke victims, particularly when the stroke (or other form of brain damage) is located in the speech centers of the brain (Broca's area). Generally most brain functioning that will be regained is regained in the first 1-2 months after an incident happened, although occupational therapy may help even after this time. Also, does your doctor have you taking precautions against having another stroke.
1431003 tn?1283344673 Hi all, My father had a stroke last Thursday in the right side of his brain. I was actually with him when it happened and he was at the hospital with in the hour. For what ever reason he did not get a scan until the next morning and did not start the Aspirin treatment until around 16 hours after the stroke. He can speak quite well and see and read. Still not passed his swallow test though.
Avatar f tn I guess I am really lucky from all that I have been reading on the internet. I have a hard time typing now since the stroke and my speech is slurred. I sound drunk but without drinking anything. My speech therapist and neurologist are really hopeful that I will be 100% in a couple of weeks from the looks of things. Are there any supplements that seem to help the stroke survivor?
Avatar f tn In looking at his symptoms, the aphasia stood out, but the loss of time almost seems more seizure like then TIA. Most stories I have read, TIA victims have not lost time with their attack. Thoughts?! I'm apparently more concerned than he is, but my brother had a stroke last year and has some very serious permanent damage from it, but lucky to have his life.
Avatar n tn It doesn't necessarily take years, i have worked with stroke victims who have shown some great improvements. I think your mom is over reacting. Keep in mind the doctors usually tell you "the worst case scenerio". What exactly does your mom mean about "recovery"??? Does she think he could be in a vegatative state?? Make sure you find out what exactly mom means, before the meeting so that she can get it cleared up when you all meet with the doctors.
382218 tn?1341185087 The class action lawsuit is the first to mount a broad challenge to a controversial Medicare policy requiring that patients achieve demonstrable improvements in functioning in order to qualify for physical, speech and occupational therapy and skilled nursing care. If such improvements are absent, Medicare often will refuse to pay for services and medical providers will cut them off.
2080183 tn?1362805673 Tests done include EEG, nerve conduction study, EMG, holter monitor, tilt table test, memory testing, barium swallow test, endoscopy (awake and knocked out), hearing tests, and do physical therpay, occupational therapy and was doing speech therapy but now refered to a voice specialist, as the speech therapy place apparently doesnt deal with the speech disorder that I have now, they mainly work with stroke victims.
Avatar n tn You think of a child who has to continuelly build billions and billions of synapses every moment that creates their brain functions - is this the same for stroke victims? I've heard of people who have had severe strokes and they recover - is this how? If so, why are they telling us that there is no chance my uncle could ever speak again? Sorry if these are stupid questions, but I have to ask. Thanks.
Avatar n tn He often exhibits stroke-like symptoms, left sided numbness face to toes, slurred speech, excruiating pain in the right side of his head, confusion, loss of balance, memory loss, weakness, spastisity and chronic infections of all kinds. He has also lost the vision in one eye and sometimes cannot see well out of the other. (these are just some of his major symtoms) We have seen many doctors and are headed to a neurosurgeon to hopefully help us get the answers and medical attention he needs.
Avatar n tn You can read about it on the internet, and it may or may not be good for your mom's situation, but it is supposed to help stroke victims become more alert, which can help with rehab efforts. My friend who is an OT said that not being consistent in responding to commands is not unusual, and many things can affect it. Sometimes the patient knows what you are commanding, and is trying, but just can't get the brain to do it.
580765 tn?1274922960 He also stated that this could explain the stroke (and MS) like symptoms that I have experienced- such as tingling in my right side, fatigue, slurred speech, racing heart. He also recommended that I try to have blood drawn immediately in the case of another attack and wear a heart monitor. However, I have had one in the past, and- of course- the episodes never happen while I have the monitor.
Avatar m tn Some studies have indicated that biofeedback therapy is no better than a placebo for stroke victims while others have shown marginal benefit. I am not really sure if it helps your father as the results are inconclusive.