CVA rehabilitation is for people who, due to a stroke, have permanent limitations in daily life.
It is important to look at how life was before the stroke. How did you organise your daily life? How was your social life?
CVA patients with complex problems can also come to us for rehabilitation. Medifit’s specialised neurological rehabilitation department has extensive expertise in dealing with brain injuries. Our multidisciplinary approach addresses the complexity of your problems. Our rehabilitation programme can be quite intensive and as a patient it is important to be motivated. The goal is to be able to cope with daily life at home, possibly with adjustments and with the help of a neighbour or caregiver. The rehabilitation doctor also uses these criteria as a reference.
Rehabilitation helps you deal with your limitations to enable you to function as well as possible in everyday life, to be as independent as possible and to actively participate in life. We believe it is essential to listen to your wishes and to design the treatment plan accordingly. At Medifit, rehabilitation is customised. An individual treatment plan is drawn up for each patient. In consultation with the patient and the family, the rehabilitation goals are described. The needs of the patients are widely diverse, for this reason, the duration of the treatment can also vary from a one-off consultation to a 6-month course of treatment. However, the average inpatient rehabilitation after a stroke, ranges from 6 weeks to 3 months, followed by a period of several months of outpatient care.
The rehabilitation treatment is carried out by a team of experts, each of whom makes his or her own specific contribution:
The physiotherapist and occupational therapist train posture, exercise, and self-reliance. They also teach the patient to use aids such as wheelchairs or crutches. The aim is to learn to perform a series of important actions safely and in the correct order. The psychologist, neuropsychologist, and cognitive therapist practice important skills such as absorbing information and learning memory strategies.
During occupational therapy, patients are reacquainted with activities they would like to take up again. An occupational therapist is often involved in the treatment. For the patient – but also for the partner and family – the guidance and advice of the social worker is important. They advise on financial matters and can apply for subsidies. The nursing staff also make an important contribution.
The skills learned in the various therapies are trained. Your rehabilitation doctor leads the multidisciplinary team and draws up the treatment programme. The team monitors and discusses the patient’s progress in weekly meetings.
The rehabilitation treatment consists of stimulating skills and learning compensatory strategies. It is important to have insight into one’s own situation. Someone who cannot walk will immediately understand the consequences. Not being able to speak however, causes complications that you would not have thought of. As well as people who have lost their memory, often don’t even realise that they are forgetting things. They tend to forget the aids that are there to help them. Rehabilitation trains people to improve their awareness and offers solutions and alternatives.
First of all, in the clinical phase, the self-reliance is addressed: washing, dressing, brushing teeth, shaving and safely going to the toilet. It goes without saying that you need to be able to move around before we can start with this training.
Is gait training necessary? Do you need a walker or wheelchair? The treatment focuses on the basic conditions for independent living. When a person can live safely in his/her own home with the necessary help and adjustments, rehabilitation can be continued on an outpatient basis.
Have you started your rehabilitation in your home country and been discharged from the treatment facility? Have you been transferred to outpatient rehabilitation but think you can achieve more with an intensive programme? Then Medifit rehabilitation centre has the treatment programme for you. After years of experience in neurorehabilitation, we have developed a special intensive rehabilitation programme. This programme is entirely in line with the standard course of treatment in clinical rehabilitation. However, it is intensive and therefore very effective. You will be intensely involved with us for at least 3 to 4 hours a day, with all the necessary care. This takes place in our rehabilitation centre at the Costa Blanca in pleasant climate and beautiful surroundings. You will stay in your own apartment or in a room within the rehabilitation centre with 24-hour care.
In the first phase after admission, the patient will want to go home as soon as possible. However, it is only when he or she is at home that they are really confronted with the new limitations. Therefore, we offer the intensive intermediate phase in one of our luxury apartments for example. This is far more like the home situation than in a regular rehabilitation centre.
In the ambulant phase, more specific choices are made. Here, we also look at whether people can go back to work or find another favourable way of spending the day, such as volunteering or visiting an activity centre. Rehabilitation stops when the goals set in the treatment plan have been reached and/or the best possible result has been achieved. As a rule, the patient remains under the supervision of the rehabilitation specialist for some time. Often, after a period of time, new requests for help arise. Specific skills can then be practised on an outpatient basis with Medifit Reha.