Through a collaboration of healthcare providers, The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association published an updated article for stroke rehabilitation and recovery guidelines in May 2016.
According to these new standards, qualified professionals to service adults in stroke rehabilitation and recovery include: “the patient and his or her goals, family and friends, other caregivers (eg, personal care attendants), physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, recreation therapists, psychologists, nutritionists, social workers, and others”.Yes recreation therapists are beyond capable to provide RT services of excellence to help adults in stroke rehabilitation and recovery.
Some of the service settings mentioned in this publication include acute medical hospitals, acute stroke-specific rehabilitation, sub-acute rehabilitation, long-term care facilities, home health programs, adults day programs, and community programs. Recreation therapists are working with people with stroke in all these settings. It is vital for us, as practitioners, to be up to code and standard when serving people with stroke through rehab and recovery.
To check out the complete AHA/ASA Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery click the link below:
Did anything stick out to you about these updated guidelines when working with adults with stroke through rehabilitation?