Published on May 05, 2014

Mercy Fitzgerald is here for you in stroke recovery

stroke recoveryWhen it comes to stroke recovery, Mercy Fitzgerald often exceeds patients’ and their families’ expectations of care.

“While a stroke patient is in the hospital, Mercy nurses do a tremendous amount of education,” says Kathy Atwell, RN, MS, stroke coordinator at Mercy Fitzgerald. “They teach the person how to identify the signs of another stroke, the risk factors, and why it’s so important to take their medication properly, as well as the importance of calling 911 immediately.”

In addition to Mercy Fitzgerald’s outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy, Mercy Home Health sets up home care services before a patient leaves the hospital. All stroke patients are discharged from the hospital with a 30-day supply of medication, so their caregivers don’t need to worry about going to the pharmacy right away.

An added bonus: Starting this summer, Mercy Fitzgerald will host stroke support education nights. The evening will feature a variety of speakers including physicians, a pharmacist, and a nutritionist, as well as speech, occupational and physical therapists. Information will also be provided about community paratransit options and community centers open to stroke patients. The event will be held on the Mercy Fitzgerald campus every other month, and is open to all Mercy patients and the community.