The Acute Rehabilitation Team at The George Washington University Hospital helps individuals whose functional skills have been limited by an illness or injury such as stroke. Rehabilitation goals for patients affected by stroke focus on:

  • Increasing self-care skills
  • Improving psychological adjustment
  • Improving self-image
  • Improving mobility, health and independence
  • Maximizing the ability to enjoy life
  • Educate the patient and family
  • Prevent secondary complications and secondary stroke

Treatment and services include:

  • Training in activities of daily living (eating, bathing, dressing, etc.)
  • Speech-language therapy
  • Swallowing skills assessment and management
  • Bowel and bladder training
  • Family conferences
  • Patient and family education
  • Self-medication training
  • Behavioral intervention
  • Wheelchair positioning and mobility training
  • Community re-entry activities
  • Weekly support groups
  • Pet and art therapy

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit at GW Hospital strives to consistently meet and exceed national benchmark standards. Functional Independence Measurement (FIM) scores refer to a scale that measures a patient’s ability to function independently. The Acute Rehabilitation Team uses these scores as primary indicators of patient progress.