Stroke Rehabilitation is a familiar affair: Caring for loved ones after a stroke
Last July 28, 2019, the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department in cooperation with the Clinical Nutrition Service, in celebration of National Disability Week (July 15 to 21, 2019) and Nutrition Month, conducted a lay forum entitled Stroke Rehabilitation: caring for loved ones who had stroke at Providence Hospital Inc. – Out-Patient Department.
Different members of the rehabilitation team like the Rehab doctor, physical therapist, occupational therapist and nutritionists talked about different aspects of stroke and the importance of family support to help the patient who had stroke recover and as much as possible be back to their usual routine and occupation. It was attended by patients of the said department and clients of the Out-patient Department, most of them with their families.
The key speaker, Dr. Gilmore Senolos, an active consultant for Rehabilitation Medicine that specializes in Neurorehabilitation, discussed the topics such as how to manage stroke through different aspects like medication, lifestyle change, nutrition, exercise, psychosocial and most importantly, and family support. Emphasizing bridging the gab of rehabilitation therapy services done in the department and at home by having the family get involved for faster recovery.
In line with this, one of the physical therapist did a short lecture and demonstration of how families can move their loved one out of bed and facilitate simple bed exercises while the occupational therapist (OT) discussed about dysphagia or difficulty in swallowing, which is common among people who had stroke and have a long term effect on nutrition and general health as these people who have dysphagia is more prone to aspiration and eventual pneumonia. The OT provided simple guidelines for the family about feeding, as well as demonstrated simple exercises to improve swallowing. Lastly, the clinical dietician provided nutritional discussion for patients with dysphagia as well as proper nutrition for client and nutrition to prevent recurring of stroke.
In hindsight, it was a very informative lay forum as it encompassed all aspects of how can the family helps their loved ones who are recovering from a stroke. It was also a wonderful experience
that the hospital, Providence Hospital, provides an insightful lay forum for the community, staying true to its commitment to keeping the community not only smart but also healthy.