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Stroke and neurological rehabilitation

The neurological rehabilitation service at The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre aims to provide best possible recovery and the most independent lifestyle for people following a stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis or other neurological conditions.

Through comprehensive assessment and provision of a wide range of therapies our nursing staff, allied health professionals and rehabilitation physicians strive to ensure the most optimal outcome for each individual patient, allowing them to resume a fulfilling lifestyle.

  • Activities areas
  • Computer retraining areas
  • Daily living skills training rooms
  • Gymnasium
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Physiotherapy treatment areas.

People who have recently been impaired as a result of a neurological condition. Impairments may include reduced balance, mobility, arm and hand function, impaired speech, memory and/or concentration, walking, as well as emotional or behavioural problems.

Members of our experienced multidisciplinary team include the following health professionals:

  • Dieticians
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists/ Neuropsychologists
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Rehabilitation Physicians
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Pathologists.

Each patient is assessed individually and our team of health professionals develop a rehabilitation plan according to the individual's particular needs.

This program may include:

  • Developing problem solving skills and learning to compensate for memory difficulties
  • Exercises and activities at home following discharge
  • Exercise to restore speech and language skills such as clarity of speech
  • Help with swallowing problems, for example by altering the texture of food and drinks, or modifying posture
  • Learning to use equipment, home modifications or support services where required
  • Physical re-training and conditioning, often involving a special gym and activity program
  • Retraining in day-to-day skills, including areas such as driving, home and leisure activities
  • Supportive adjustment and educational counselling to assist dealing with the complex and broad issues associated with neurological conditions.

Patients referred to the neurological programs receive a comprehensive, inter-disciplinary assessment in the physical, cognitive, emotional, functional, vocational and recreational areas.

A rehabilitation plan is devised and regularly reviewed by the team. The involvement of the patient’s family is encouraged.

Continuity of care is achieved through the provision of inpatient and outpatient programs and planned discharge that includes referrals to community services.

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