Stroke Rehabilitation Program

Stroke is the largest cause of disability and the 3rd largest cause of death in the U.S. There are more than 4 million stroke survivors in this country. Many people live for years following their stroke and want to remain as independent as possible.

Our Stroke Rehabilitation Program includes:

  • Strengthening
  • Mobility training
  • Walking or wheelchair mobility
  • Balance
  • Bathing and dressing
  • Home management
  • Eating
  • Swallowing
  • Bowel and bladder retraining
  • Medication management
  • Speech/language skills
  • Problem solving
  • Money management
  • Coping skills
  • Driver Readiness Program
  • Equipment needs
  • Discharge planning
  • Family education and training
  • Community reintegration

Our team | Equipment & therapy | Inpatient program | Outpatient program | Family involvement | Follow-up program | Support group | Locations

The rehabilitation team

Our multidisciplinary team combines the knowledge of many medical professionals to develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Directed by a physician who specializes in rehabilitation medicine, a physiatrist, this team includes members from:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech pathology
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Rehab nursing
  • Rehab psychology
  • Social work
  • Other health care professionals, depending on each patient's needs

Specialized equipment and therapy available

  • LiteGait
    LiteGait is a body weight support system used with or without a treadmill. The unique design of the LiteGait allows a single individual to move patients weighing up to 500 pounds from a seated position to proper upright posture. The patient is kept in a comfortable, fall-free environment, enabling both the patient and the therapist to concentrate on the therapy session much earlier in the rehabilitation process. LiteGait is like a 2nd set of hands, because it frees the therapist to observe gait patterns and make manual adjustments in limb placement, weight shift, walking symmetry and gait timing. View more information on LiteGait.
  • SaeboFlex
    The SaeboFlex is a custom, dynamic wrist and hand orthosis (splint) designed for individuals with hemiparesis of the upper extremity who have some shoulder and elbow function but no hand function. The splint assists patients with finger extension through the use of springs to allow repetitive, task specific grasp and release exercises that will promote motor recovery. View more information about SaeboFlex.
  • Bioness
    Bioness is an electrical stimulation system that activates muscles that have been affected by stroke. This functional electrical stimulation is used to move the affected areas through repetitive exercises as part of the patient's therapy program. The Bioness can be use to stimulate hand or ankle motion. View more information about Bioness.
  • Dynavision
    The Dynavision is a computerized board used to improve visual and motor function in patients where this has been compromised by injury or disease. The equipment is used by therapists to improve reaction time, peripheral vision, the ability to find objects in the environment and coordinated arm movements. View more information about Dynavision.
  • Balance Master®
    Balance Master is used to test and rehabilitate balance disorders due to medical or neurological issues. The Balance Master provides objective assessment and retraining of the sensory and voluntary motor control of balance with visual biofeedback. View more information about Balance Master.
  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
    NDT is a hands-on treatment approach used by physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. The approach was developed to enhance the function of adults and children who have difficulties in controlling movement resulting from neurological challenges such as stroke and head injury. View more information about NDT.
  • Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT)
    CIMT helps certain individuals regain or improve the use of their arm and/or hand after a stroke or brain injury. CIMT involves wearing of a large mitt on the uninvolved hand in order to discourage its use and to force the use of the more impaired arm or hand. This also helps in teaching the brain to "re-wire" itself. View more information on CIMT (PDF file).
  • Vital Stim
    Vital Stim is an external neuromuscular electrical stimulation system that is used to stimulate inactive or weak swallowing muscles in patients with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). Speech therapists use this electrical current during therapy to stimulate the nerves in the throat to help re-educate the swallowing muscles. View more information on Vital Stim.

Inpatient program

Inpatient stroke survivors receive daily therapy to restore physical and cognitive functions. They also learn new ways to do things, perhaps with assistive equipment to aid walking, talking, grooming and other daily activities as they recover.

Our team of health care professionals, along with the patient and his/her family, will develop a treatment plan to meet the unique needs of the individual. Family members are an important part of our team and are encouraged to participate in the rehab program.

Learn more about our inpatient rehabilitation programs

Outpatient program

With continued therapy, stroke survivors can continue to make cognitive and functional improvements after they are discharged from the hospital. In our outpatient stroke program, patients receive individual therapy treatments as recommended by their physician. Like our inpatient program, specialized plans are developed for each patient's goals.

To achieve functional goals, a patient may need physical therapy to improve walking, occupational therapy to work safely in the kitchen or speech therapy to improve swallowing or the clarity of communication, for example.

Family involvement

Because family plays a very important role in a patient's recovery, our stroke programs encourage family involvement. Family members and care givers can observe and participate in therapy sessions and learn how to take care of the patient once they leave the hospital. After participating in the program, family members are better prepared when the patient returns home. Family can also assist in developing a specialized home program for their loved one.

Stroke Follow-up Program

The Stroke Follow-Up Program provides an appointment with a doctor who specializes in recovery of function after a stroke. He or she will evaluate you to determine if there are any new or worsening problems that could benefit from treatment to improve function and quality of life after your stroke. If needed, a physical therapist, occupational therapist and speech therapist will be available for evaluation.

Learn more about our Stroke Follow-up Program

Stroke support group

Both patients and family members experience major lifestyle changes following a stroke. To help adjust to life after stroke, Aurora offers several stroke support groups for patients and families. In addition to group discussion that offers encouragement and support, meetings may include a brief presentation by a medical expert. The groups are open to anyone whose life has been touched by stroke, regardless of where they were hospitalized or treated.

Learn more about our stroke support groups

Locations offering this service

Fond du Lac County

Aurora Health Center
210 Wisconsin American Drive
Hwy. 23 East
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
(920) 907-7000

Kenosha County

Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha
7610 Pershing Blvd.
Kenosha, WI 53142
(262) 948-7045

Milwaukee County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
2900 W. Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53215
(414) 649-6011

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 N. 12th St., 4th floor
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 219-5241

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
2000 E. Layton Ave., Suite 160
St. Francis, WI 53235
(414) 747-8400

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora St. Luke's South Shore
5900 S. Lake Dr.
Cudahy, WI 53110
(414) 489-4072

Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Program
Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227
(414) 328-6630

Racine County

Aurora Wellness Center Burlington
300 McCanna Parkway
Burlington, WI 53105
(262) 767-7120

Racine Razor Sharp Fitness Center
7300 Washington Avenue
Racine, WI 53406
(262) 321-6000

Walworth County

Aurora Lakeland Medical Center
W3985 County Road NN
Elkhorn, WI 53121

Aurora Rehabilitation Center in Lake Geneva
146 East Geneva Square
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 249-4670

Aurora Rehabilitation Center in Delavan
830 East Geneva Street
Delavan, WI 53115
(262) 728-9164

Washington County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Health Center
1640 E. Sumner St.
Hartford, WI 53027
(262) 670-4300

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Health Center
1048 E. Commerce Blvd.
Slinger, WI 53086
(262) 644-6268

Aurora Rehabilitation Center/Aurora Sports Medicine Institute
1100 Gateway Ct.
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 306-6100

Waukesha County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center/Aurora Sports Medicine Institute
Aurora Medical Center in Summit
36500 Aurora Dr.
Summit, WI 53066
(262) 434-2600

Waushara County

Aurora Health Center
900 E. Division Street
Wautoma, WI 54982
(920) 787-6900

Winnebago County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Medical Center
855 N. Westhaven Drive
Oshkosh, WI 54904
(920) 456-7100

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Medical Center
712 Doctors Court
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 303-5300

Aurora Health Center
1136 Westowne Drive
Neenah, WI 54956
(920) 720-8090