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Stroke
Rehabilitation

About Stroke Rehabilitation

A stroke occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or reduced. This prevents brain tissues from getting adequate oxygen and nutrients, resulting in brain damage.

 

As a stroke is a medical emergency, prompt treatment is crucial to reduce brain damage and prevent other complications. While advanced medical science has significantly improved the recovery rates of stroke patients today, the greying population is also expected to result in a rise of stroke cases.

The symptoms of stroke depend on the part of brain which loses its function due to the interruption of blood supply. You can use the acronym FAST to remember the symptoms:

 

Face – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

 

Arm – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downwards?

 

Speech – Ask the person to repeat a phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

 

Time – If you see or experience any of these signs, call for an ambulance and go to a hospital immediately.

 

There are other symptoms of stroke which include:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or incoordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

There are some stroke risk factors which you have no control over such as older age, race, genetics and past history of stroke.


However, there are many other risk factors which are within your control. These include high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, smoking, diabetes, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.


Having a healthy diet and regular exercise are also important for reducing the risk of stroke. In addition, attending regular health screenings once you are above the age of 40 increases the chances of detecting any risk factors early.

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Our Holistic Stroke Rehabilitation Services​

At St Luke’s Hospital, patient care is holistic, coordinated and individualised. There is also continuity of care from inpatient, to outpatient and even in the community.

Medical Care

  • Medical assessment
  • Optimisation of cardiovascular risk factors for secondary prevention of stroke
  • Prevention of complications arising from immobility

 

Nursing Care

  • Caregiver training

 

Rehabilitation Care

  • Physiotherapy
    • Exercises to work on walking, strength, balance, aerobic activity and flexibility to help in regaining functions
    • Pain-relieving techniques
    • Caregiver training and prescription of mobility aid upon discharge
    • Mobility training devices such as the G-EO System, robotic exoskeleton, Balance Tutor may be used where required
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Retraining on Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)
    • ArmeoSpring – retraining patients in upper limb motor functions
    • Hand of Hope (HOH) – trains motor movements of affected parts
    • Prescription of suitable specialised equipment to maximise independence
    • Home modification
    • Caregiver training
  • Speech Therapy
    • Swallowing and communication assessment and intervention
    • Tracheostomy management
    • Caregiver training

 

Dietetic Services

  • Assess nutritional status
  • Nutritional counselling and recommendation of dietary interventions

St Luke’s Community Clinic

  • Regular medical consultations 
  • Optimisation of cardiovascular risk factors for secondary prevention of stroke
  • Prevention of complications arising from immobility
  • Nursing procedures and education on chronic disease management

 

Day Rehabilitation Centre

  • Physiotherapy
    • Exercises to work on walking, strength, balance, aerobic activity and flexibility to help in regaining functions
    • Pain-relieving techniques
    • Caregiver training and prescription of mobility aid upon discharge
    • Mobility training devices such as the G-EO System, robotic exoskeleton, Balance Tutor may be used where required
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Retraining on Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)
    • ArmeoSpring – retraining patients in upper limb motor functions
    • Hand of Hope (HOH) – trains motor movements of affected parts
    • Cognitive training
    • Prescription of suitable specialised equipment to maximise independence
    • Home modification
    • Caregiver training
  • Speech Therapy
    • Swallowing and communication assessment and intervention
    • Caregiver training
    • Tracheostomy management

 

 

Home Care

For clients who are home-bound, our home care services bring healthcare to you, through Home Medical, Home Nursing and Home Therapy services.

GymTonic

St Luke’s Hospital is a provider of Gym Tonic, a strength-training programme which aims to help seniors extend their independence and functional years.

 

Western SilverCare (locally known as “Jin Jia Ho! Bagus!”)

A community frailty and screening programme initiated by St Luke’s Hospital which reaches out to residents staying in Bukit Batok aged 60 and above to help them stay physically, mentally and socially healthy.

Care Coordination Services

Work with patients and their loved ones on care plan and coordination of services

 

Medical Social Work Services

  • Psychosocial support and counselling
  • Linkages to community support services
  • Financial assistance and application to available healthcare financing schemes
 

Pastoral Care Services

Provide a comforting presence and emotional support for patients and their families

Admissions & Appointments

Inpatient admissions: contact referral@stluke.org.sg or 6895 3290

St Luke’s Community Clinic: contact outpatientclinic@stluke.org.sg or 6895 3230

Day Rehabilitation Centre: contact drc@stluke.org.sg or 6895 3205

Home care: contact hcs@stluke.org.sg or 6895 3204

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