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The most important thing for a
survivor to do to promote continued
recovery, maintain function and
prevent compensation when recovery
is still possible is to be open with
their therapist. Providing them with
information regarding their personal goals in order to make
gains that are meaningful to them. Also, informing the
therapist on their response to the exercises they have been
given will increase the likelihood of compliance with these
exercises, resulting in continued progress.
One thing that survivors can do to maintain their goals
outside of therapy services is to participate in community-
based programs. Here at Kessler we have group fitness
classes that allow individuals to work with other survivors
who can provide encouragement and support along the
way. I think these programs are great from not only a social
aspect but also to keep people motivated and on their feet
when they may no longer have the opportunity to continue
with therapy or in addition to therapy.
For survivors who feel as though they aren’t
progressing or, in fact, are regressing, remember how
vastly different a rehab setting is from home and that
perhaps what you are experiencing isn’t truly regression
but instead adapting to a new environment. A good way
to maintain your goals is to continue to set goals for
yourself, just like you did in rehab, and keep working
toward them. Additionally, joining an age-appropriate
stroke support group could be beneficial in helping you
stay on track and motivated.
One way to deal with regression
is to tailor therapy to prepare
the individual for the specific
challenges they may face at home.