The Benefits of In-Home Therapy for Stroke Recovery

An in-home therapist assists a man in a wheelchair with lifting weights during his stroke recovery treatment.
Stroke recovery is more comfortable, efficient, and effective with the help of in-home therapy.

If someone you love has experienced a stroke, you know what a traumatic event it is, both for them and for you. Although life changes in the blink of an eye, the recovery process is usually anything but quick. How can you help them overcome the challenges of stroke recovery and get back to living life to the fullest?

For many people, in-home therapy is a wonderful option when recovering from a stroke. In fact, most of the benefits of in-office therapy appointments are available right in the comfort of your home. So, what is involved with stroke rehabilitation, and why is it beneficial to undergo stroke recovery at home?

Stroke Rehab Activities

It begins with an in-home meeting so the therapist can get to know the challenges the person is facing and create a treatment plan. This will involve repetitions of specific exercises and activities, depending on how the stroke impacted the individual’s abilities and movements, and may include:

  • Occupational Therapy. Occupational therapy helps recover cognitive functioning such as problem-solving, memory, social and judgment skills, safety awareness, and more. It’s also beneficial to promote independence in daily living activities (such as preparing meals, eating, getting dressed, showering, etc.) with the help of adaptive tools and equipment.
  • Speech Therapy. Speech therapy helps with regaining the ability to speak and listen, comprehend, swallow, write, and more.
  • Physical Therapy. Physical therapy can help strengthen muscles, balance, and coordination through mobility training, motor skills exercises, range-of-motion therapy, and more.

What About Technology?

Technology helps us in many ways, including recovering from a stroke! Some of the many tech tools available to help with stroke recovery include:

  • Virtual Reality. Virtual reality utilizes video games and computerized therapies, allowing the person to respond and interact in a simulated environment.
  • Robotics. Robotic devices are available to help with repetitive movements when a limb needs support to regain function and strength.
  • Electrical Stimulation. Weakened muscles contract when electrical stimulation is applied, helping to retrain the affected muscles.

Don’t Forget About the Emotional Impact of a Stroke

A stroke doesn’t just affect someone’s physical abilities. Healing from a stroke is an emotional process as well. The trauma from experiencing a stroke can be debilitating emotionally, making psychological care an important part of post-stroke therapy. A psychological evaluation can help pinpoint areas of concern and allow for a treatment plan to improve mental health.

How Can In-Home Therapy Help?

In-home therapy is the preferred method of care for someone recovering from a stroke. It allows the person to learn and practice exercises and techniques in the least restrictive, most comfortable, and familiar environment.

It also allows for activities to be customized to the person’s specific surroundings. For instance, it’s most effective to relearn how to get in and out of the shower, turn on and off the water, and reach for the soap and shampoo in the person’s own bathroom. The therapist can better evaluate and monitor progress being made in a person’s own living space. And, it’s easier for the person to stick to the therapist’s care plan, since there’s no need to leave home to receive treatment.

Learn More About In-Home Therapy From Patients First Home Care After a Stroke

If you or someone you love has experienced a stroke, we’re here to help. Our in-home physical, occupational, and speech therapy services are customized to meet each individual’s unique needs.

Contact us to learn more about our home therapy services in Sarasota, Bradenton, Fort Myers, Naples, Sebring, and throughout southwest Florida.