Stroke Rehabilitation

Inpatient-StrokeA Personal Approach to Care

At Helen Hayes Hospital’s Stroke Rehabilitation Program, patients benefit from a full range of rehabilitative services dedicated to enabling them to resume active, independent lives. Our philosophy is to let the patient be our guide, helping our skilled specialists design an individualized treatment plan to meet the patient’s specific needs and goals.

Every patient who comes to the Stroke Rehabilitation Program has a unique set of personal circumstances. The life led prior to the stroke, the nature of the stroke and its effects all play a part in defining the patient’s rehabilitative needs. Our goal is to enable the patient to resume the greatest level of functioning, while helping to prevent recurring strokes in the future.

Each patient receives treatment from a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team under the direction of a board certified physician specializing in stroke rehabilitation. Working collaboratively toward the patient’s goals, the team consists of physical, occupational and speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses, case managers, dietitians and other committed professionals. The team encourages a patient’s family to participate in the rehabilitation process through frequent visits and patient/family conferences.


We treat patients recovering from various types of stroke, including cerebral infarction, cerebral hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. Rehabilitation is provided for resulting disabilities, including paralysis, trouble walking, balancing, communicating, eating and dressing, as well as limitations in memory, emotional control and social skills and bowel and bladder disorders.

Specialized Care Services

The strength of our program is the broad range of unified services we provide, administered by an accomplished staff of experts. Patients have access to our sophisticated swallow management center, state-of-the-art therapies and equipment, and warm-water aquatic facility, where patients perform exercises in the heated pool, a proven method of increasing mobility and endurance.

We provide a full spectrum of services to restore confidence and help the patient resume full living, including:

  • Dedicated 24-bed Stroke Unit and therapy gym
  • Physical Therapy, for functional mobility
  • Occupational Therapy to restore the activities of daily living and function of the upper extremity
  • Home & Food Management Center
  • Speech Language Therapy
  • Dysphagia/swallowing therapy including videoflouroscopy & neuromuscular electrical stimulation & FEES
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • State-of-the-art therapeutic equipment including: FES, Armeo®, SaeboFlex™, Bioness® & treadmill training, VitalStim, FEES, Galico/Vibration Therapy, Walk Aide
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Ventilator Weaning & Management Program
  • Rehabilitative Nursing & 24/7 on-site physician care
  • Psychiatry & Psychology Services
  • Services of the Center for Rehabilitation Technology (CRT)/Smart Apartment
  • Medication Evaluation & Optimization
  • Nutrition Education
  • Patient & Family Education
  • Recreational Therapy Services
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Driver Evaluation & Training
  • Case Management & Discharge Planning
  • Stroke Support Group
  • Outpatient Therapy

The Helen Hayes Hospital Stroke Rehabilitation Program is JCAHO and CARF Accredited.

For more information, please contact the Helen Hayes Admission Referral Center:
1-888-70-REHAB ext. 4535
To schedule a guided tour, call 845-786-4233

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