Stroke Therapy in a Hospital Setting

The Stroke Rehabilitation Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann is specially designed to maximize outcomes for patients who have suffered a stroke. TIRR Memorial Hermann is the rehabilitation partner for the certified stroke care centers throughout Memorial Hermann.

Stroke Rehabilitation: In The News

According to U.S. News and World Report, the American Heart Association has changed its guidelines to recommend inpatient rehabilitation for people who have had a stroke rather than going to a skilled nursing facility or nursing home. There is evidence that patients have better outcomes if transitioned to an inpatient rehabilitation facility because of the team approach and intensive therapy offered around the clock.

Other recommendations include:

  • Patients with stroke who have trouble walking should undergo intense mobility-task training to help relearn how to perform daily activities, such as climbing stairs.
  • The use of a computer, books, music and virtual reality games could help enhance rehabilitation for stroke patients, making it more engaging and mentally stimulating.
  • Patients with stroke who have trouble speaking should undergo speech therapy.
  • Patients who have vision problems and have trouble focusing should perform eye exercises.
  • Balance training should be offered to stroke survivors at risk for falls.
  • Exercise regimens tailored to individual stroke patients can help them continue to improve their fitness level once their rehabilitation is complete.*

We provide specialized medical management, nursing and therapy services in a hospital setting. Individual therapy, group treatment and community outings address the patient's functional abilities.

Comprehensive interdisciplinary care provides reinforcement of treatment goals throughout the day for patients at all functioning levels. TIRR Memorial Hermann provides support groups, counseling and individualized training to prepare families and caregivers for taking on the additional responsibilities of caring for the patient upon health transition.

Stroke Therapy in a Hospital Setting

Man using rehabilitation machine with computerWe provide specialized medical management, nursing and therapy services in a hospital setting. Individual therapy, group treatment and community outings address the patient's functional abilities.

Comprehensive interdisciplinary care provides reinforcement of treatment goals throughout the day for patients at all functioning levels. TIRR Memorial Hermann provides support groups, counseling and individualized training to prepare families and caregivers for taking on the additional responsibilities of caring for the patient upon health transition.

What Are the Different Types of Stroke Rehabilitation?

Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation

  • Patient rooms, nursing care units and gym space specifically designed and equipped to meet the unique needs of a person with stroke.
  • Medical management
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Education classes for families and patients
  • Community outings
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Neuropsychology and psychology evaluation and therapy

Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation

Recovery from stroke does not end with a patient's health transition from the inpatient program. Rather, recovery continues long after the return home.

The programs at the Outpatient Medical Clinic and Outpatient Rehabilitation allow patient and family to transition from the hospital setting to home while continuing to receive intense therapy services and medical monitoring. Stroke support groups, counseling, education and individualized training also prepare families and caregivers for the patient's health transition. The Challenge Program provides a comprehensive range of services to help stroke survivors maximize their potential. This outpatient day treatment approach addresses the physical abilities, memory strategies, interpersonal communication and problem solving skills needed for long-term success.

Patient Stories

  • Lewis on stage after rehabilitation

    Lewis: Back on Stage Making Music

    May 14, 2020

    After retiring in 2017, Lewis Frey turned his part-time love of playing his guitar, into a full-time job. He had regular gigs around the Houston area, and he and his band were enjoying entertaining their audiences. But, in June 2019 he had a stroke which put a pause in his playing. After his inpa...

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    Cathy's Story: Stroke Rehabilitation

    April 16, 2020

    After having a stroke and being rushed into surgery to remove a large portion of her skull to allow for brain swelling, Cathy was accepted into TIRR Memorial Hermann for rehabilitation.

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  • Jacob Smith

    Jacob Smith: Your Attitude Defines Your Future

    August 22, 2016

    Jacob Smith was returning home with other students at his high school, after attending a leadership conference in Corpus Christi for members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). The last thing he remembers was buying snacks when the four-car caravan of students and teachers...

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  • Barry Oakes Family

    Barry Oakes Recovers From Stroke

    January 13, 2014

    In September 2010, 49-year-old Barry Oakes collapsed in his home while walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night. An EMS team rushed him to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed a massive ischemic stroke and administered tPA. The stroke left him with a large basilar artery thrombosis in ...

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  • Dorothy Malone

    Successful Therapy to Help Patient Regain Use of Arm and Leg Following Stroke

    April 9, 2013

    When Malone was stabilized, she was transferred to the hospital’s 23-bed inpatient neurorehabilitation unit for comprehensive care and an aggressive program of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language pathology. Mischer Neurorehabilitation's multidisciplinary team – ...

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  • Roberta

    Roberta Reclaims Her Independence with Rehabilitation

    January 29, 2013

    While Roberta was enjoying time on her daughter’s porch in Sealy, Texas, her family became concerned that she did not look well. She had been having some headaches, but nothing that seemed out of the ordinary. On September 21, after getting what her family described as a “glazed and f...

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Patient Resources

We offer support groups at multiple TIRR Memorial Hermann facilities.

Stroke Support Groups

This manual was prepared to help you and your family become familiar with the Stroke Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann. Patient and family education is one of the most important parts of a successful rehabilitation program. Our goal is to help you understand the medical issues and therapy needs following a stroke, and much of this education involves a “hands-on” approach.

Stroke Program Manual 

The information presented in this document is educational and not intended as medical advice or the practice of medicine. Specific aspects of your outcomes and care should be addressed and answered after consultation with your physician.

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*Dallas, Mary Elizabeth. "New Guidelines Recommend Inpatient Rehab after Stroke." US News and World Report. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.

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