About Stroke

What is Stroke
A stroke occurs when there is an interruption of blood supply to the brain. As a result, nerve cells in the affected area of the brain are deprived of oxygen and die rapidly. When nerve cells die, the areas of the body controlled by these cells are unable to function. A stroke is an emergency and receiving immediate urgent care is critical to minimizing brain damage and preventing disability.

Stroke Symptoms
A stroke usually comes on suddenly and with little warning. Symptoms of stroke include:
• Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, arm or face
• Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Fast treatment can prevent or reduce disability. If you think you are having a stroke, it is important to call 9-1-1 or go to the closest Emergency Room immediately.

Treating a Stroke
After experiencing a stroke, it's important to have a team of experts who will develop an individualized recovery plan and will do everything possible to prevent another stroke from happening. We work collaboratively with medical professionals and a diverse group of specialists from multiple disciplines to provide long-term rehabilitation.

Our Approach to Treating Stroke

As local community leaders for over 35 years in rehabilitative care for Stroke and TBI clients, we provide rehabilitation services with the philosophy that chronic conditions require multiple program disciplines to create an overarching environment to support long-term health and healthful behaviors. All recovering stroke patients at the Center are routinely encouraged to participate in regularly scheduled exercise and speech therapy programs, social skill building activities such as continental breakfast, special events, and entertainment specials.
The focus of therapy and education is to help patients regain physical mobility including improving walking, balance and strength as well as acquiring the skills to perform activities of daily living. Goals also include restoring cognitive function as well as improving speech and swallow problems.  We also help the patient and their family to cope with adjustment to their diagnosis.

Our Rehabilitation Program provides patients access to:

• Comprehensive speech therapy

• Participation in wellness education and cognitive skill building activities

• Nutritional classes

• Healthy lifestyle programs such as nutritional assessments, stress, and weight reduction

• Weekly strength training and cardio exercise groups for patients

• Advanced, on-site equipment technology such as cardiovascular conditioning, passive motion machines, stationary cycles, and strength conditioning extremity machines

• Weekly support groups for patients and care partners

• Daily Lunch Program with a healthy menu, including heart-healthy, low-fat and low-salt foods

• Individualized plan of care

• On-site case management to help patients stick with rehabilitation activities

Our outcomes studies show that stroke survivors treated at our facility have a higher level of functional independence, cognitive ability and engagement in activities of daily living.

To schedule a new patient appointment
760-323-7676, ext 110

Its so important. Its like a poor man that needs a pair of shoes. Everybody that has a [neuro] problem should come here. Its here for the community. Thats why the doors are open.
Robert Stack Pierce

National Stroke Association 
800-STROKES (787-6537)

American Stroke Association: A Division of American Heart Association
888-4STROKE (478-7653)

BRAIN: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

National Aphasia Association
800-922-4NAA (4622)