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Recovery from stroke is a lifelong process. For many people, recovery begins with formal rehabilitation, which can restore independence by improving physical, mental and emotional functions. It is important for you and your family to know that no matter where you are in your recovery journey, there is always hope.

Rehabilitation actually starts in the hospital as soon as possible after the stroke. For patients who are stable, rehabilitation may begin within two days after the stroke has occurred and should be continued as necessary after release from the hospital.

The goal in rehabilitation is to improve function so that the stroke survivor can become as independent as possible. This must be accomplished in a way that preserves dignity and motivates the survivor to relearn basic skills that the stroke may have taken away—such as eating, dressing and walking.

National Stroke Association has designed HOPE: A Stroke Recovery Guide to provide you with valuable information and help you on your road to recovery.

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Depending on the severity of the stroke, rehabilitation options include:

A rehabilitation unit in the hospital

A subacute care unit

A rehabilitation hospital

Home therapy

Home with outpatient therapy

A long-term care facility that provides therapy and skilled nursing care

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