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Taking Rehabilitation to the Patient’s Home

Patients recovering from a stroke can find simple tasks such as fastening a button or holding a pencil difficult, not to mention being steady on their feet. With regular therapy and continued practice, patients can regain mobility, independence and confidence.

Based on the effects of a stroke or other physical event, multiple types of therapy may be required to address specific needs. That can be challenging for patients who are unable to drive themselves or family members who have limited time to transfer them between appointments. A good option may be in-home rehabilitative services.

When Ruth P. was being released from the hospital after her eighth stroke, the first call was to VNA California for Home Health services. Feisty and determined to “fight through it,” Ruth looks forward to the twice-weekly visits by VNA California’s Occupational Therapist, Denise, and Physical Therapist, Kevin, who have become like family while helping Ruth improve. Sessions focus on working with Ruth to regain the skills needed for daily living so that she can remain independent and live in her own home.

“I’m fighting every step of the way,” Ruth says, adding that the care she receives from VNA California is great. “I can work on getting better in my own home and don’t have to worry how I am going to get to an appointment. I work with my therapists and can then practice on my own,”
she added.

VNA California provides in-home nursing, rehabilitative, palliative and hospice care. This continuum of care allows physicians and their patients to work with one organization that becomes an integral part of the patient’s health care team. For information about VNA California, contact 1-855-VNA-CA11 or