Stroke Rehabilitation

After a Stroke: Retraining the Brain

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  • Adena Regional Medical Center

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New discoveries about the brain are being made daily. Unlike years past, we now know that the brain can continue to learn throughout life and even after injury, such as a stroke or head injury.

But how the brain learns and when it learns is still an evolving science. What experts do know is that a brain can be “retrained” to overcome damage caused by a stroke—and the faster that training occurs, the better the outcome.

Adena Greenfield Medical Center offers patients a comprehensive inpatient stroke rehabilitation program with these results:


Adena Average

National Average

Start of rehab

Within 8 days of stroke

19 days

Inpatient length of stay

19 days

37 days

Percent of stroke patients who return home
(vs. nursing home)



Funtional Independent Measure

96 out of 126

72 out of 126

   Data represents cases at Adena Greenfield Medical Center


Fast, comprehensive care

A stroke can affect the way you think, how you walk, your ability to speak, and even your ability to get dressed in the morning. To help ensure that these deficits are not permanent, fast treatment in the emergency department followed by fast stroke rehabilitation is essential.

The goal of rehab is to retrain the brain to reverse some of the stroke’s effects on a person’s movement, speech and cognitive function, and research shows that starting rehabilitation therapy as soon as possible can help a stroke victim recover faster and better.

Adena Greenfield Medical Center Stroke Rehabilitation

On average, patients begin their inpatient rehab at Adena Greenfield Medical Center within eight days of their stroke, which is much sooner than the national average of 16 days. And with a focused, rigorous rehab schedule designed to get patients home safely as quickly as possible, the average inpatient length of stay at Adena is just 19 days — compared with 37 days nationally.

Adena Greenfield is the only facility in the area to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a Stroke Specialty Unit. Adena Pike Medical Center also offers inpatient rehabilitation services.

Rehab Regimen

Adena attributes its success to a carefully designed full-service program.

“When patients come to us,” says Lynn Harris, director of Rehab Services at Adena Greenfield Medical Center, “they receive a minimum of three hours a day of occupational therapy and physical therapy six days a week. Speech therapy is often in addition to that.”

Physical therapists focus on movement, while occupational therapists work to restore a patient’s ability to perform daily tasks such as getting dressed. Therapy sessions last about 45 minutes, allowing time to rest in between, and three meals a day are served in the dining room, which helps patients feel at home and provides a sense of community.

While they’re in rehab therapy, Adena tracks patients’ Functional Independent Measures, which indicate how much function has been re-gained. Adena patients average a level of 96 (out of a maximum of 126), 24 points higher than the national average! Additionally, 84 percent of Adena’s stroke rehab patients return home rather than to a nursing home, which is nearly 20 percent better than the national average.

Additional Outpatient Therapy Services

The Adena rehab team believes there’s more to rehab than physical, occupational and speech therapy. Adena also offers:

  • Recreational Therapy. If the patient is a golfer or plays cards or sews, therapy is designed to help them get back into those activities. Part of recreational therapy also includes Adena’s Enabling Garden, which combines rehab therapy with nature.
  • Community Re-Entry. During community re-entry activities, Adena therapists accompany patients to banks, grocery stores and restaurants. The patient re-learns how to get in and out of a car, maneuvering a walker if they use one, make decisions and interact with servers and bank tellers. (Offered at other Adena locations.)
  • Psychology Services. Adena’s rehab psychologist helps patients identify and cope with the emotions, such as frustration, anger, or depression, that may be caused by the stroke.
  • Outpatient Rehab. Once a patient is discharged, they’ll typically continue their rehab in the center’s outpatient rehab unit. Research shows that patients who continue their rehab can continue to make great gains. (Offered at other Adena locations.)
  • Support Group. The group meets from 11 a.m. to noon on the first Thursday of every month at the Greenfield Public Library. This FREE support group is open to all stroke patients and their caregivers regardless of where they were treated.


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