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Stroke Recovery & Follow-Up Care


Depend on UNM Health for comprehensive care after a stroke. Partner with our rehabilitative specialists to rebuild skills and abilities so you can improve your quality of life and reach the highest possible level of independence.

Early Stroke Recovery

Your rehabilitative therapy needs will depend on the parts of the body affected by stroke. You’ll likely begin therapy within 24 to 48 hours after a stroke. Take advantage of:

  • Physical therapy to help with walking, getting in and out of bed, balancing and overall mobility.
  • Occupational therapy to assist with activities such as dressing, bathing, eating and other everyday tasks.
  • Speech therapy to aid with communication, swallowing, thinking and memory.

Ongoing Rehabilitation

Before you leave the hospital, your doctor and therapists will recommend the best type of follow-up treatment. Our social workers will help coordinate your ongoing rehabilitative care at one of these facilities:

  • Rehabilitation hospital is a hospital for short-term rehab. You likely will get therapy for three to five hours per day. There are many types of therapy and staff available.
  • Skilled nursing rehabilitation includes some nursing homes that provide about an hour and a half of therapy per day during a short- or long-term stay. Your team may recommend this option if you’re not yet strong enough for longer therapy sessions.
  • Outpatient rehabilitation allows you to live at home and travel to the facility for therapy during the day several times a week.
  • Home-based rehabilitation is in-home, short-term care and is available if you need simple therapy and cannot travel for outpatient rehabilitation.

Stroke rehabilitation takes time and varies depending on your needs and abilities. Recovery can take weeks, months or even years.

Community Support & Resources

Gain support for the challenges of living with a brain injury by contacting these national and local stroke groups:

Preventing Another Stroke

Having a stroke puts you at increased risk for another one. Manage your risk factors to help prevent future strokes.

Printable Stroke Booklets

Hemorrhagic stroke
English [PDF]
Spanish [PDF]
Vietnamese [PDF]

Ischemic stroke
English [PDF]
Spanish [PDF]
Vietnamese [PDF]

Stroke Support Group

Connect with other stroke survivors and their families to learn more about stroke, share your experiences and become inspired to move forward.
Where: UNM HospitalFifth Floor [PDF]
Neurology SAC Unit Conference Room
When: First and third Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.
Contact: Terry Holmes, 505-272-6105

Contact Us

In order to schedule an appointment with us, please ask your general neurologist or primary care physician for a referral. They can reach us at 505-272-3160.

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