Stroke Specialty Program at TGMC
TGMC’s rehabilitation department recently received an accreditation for its stroke specialty program by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), making it the only hospital in the Tri-Parish area with this designation and one of only four such facilities in the entire state.
The certification tells the public, patients, other doctors and insurance companies that TGMC offers the same level of stroke rehabilitation care as state-of-the-art medical facilities, only closer to home. The stroke specialty accreditation signifies TGMC’s compliance in areas including leadership, risk management, health, safety and performance. It also focuses on interventions such as preventing, recognizing, assessing and treating a stroke, as well as identifying and reducing risk factors for recurrent stroke.
The program includes functional independence, social skills, quality of life, and support services for the patient and family. The patient and family additionally receive education regarding home modifications, safety and health risks. The accreditation addresses the prevention of cardiovascular complications, deficiencies, infections, mood swings and pain. It requires that the rehab program include health assessments such as communication disorders, cognitive functions, motor skills, visual problems, activities of daily living (dressing, grooming,
toileting, cooking), functional mobility and depression. Health promotion and screenings, as well as preventative care and health care delivery, are also integral elements of the rehabilitation department.
Many of TGMC’s rehab patients are stroke patients; therefore, the therapists have the experience and knowledge to work with all levels of stroke patients from prevention to recovery. Many TGMC staff members are certified in neurodevelopment techniques and VitalStim treatment; therefore, their treatment techniques are designed to improve deficits associated with stroke.
TGMC’s rehab staff consists of nurses, social workers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, recreational therapists, a full-time medical director, certified nursing assistants and rehab technicians.
The new stroke specialty accreditation validates the overall high level of rehabilitation care that TGMC provides and what patients can expect. A stroke happens in seconds. Recovery, however, may take a year to reach maximum potential, depending upon the severity of the patient’s stroke. Together the staff at TGMC provides a multi-disciplinary approach for each patient’s individualized care and gets them back on the road to recovery.