Stroke Rehabilitation

An early start to therapy for better stroke recovery

Stroke recovery is challenging; quality of life hinges on regaining mobility and function. An estimated 795,000 people are impacted by a stroke each year.1 The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recommend that, whenever possible, recovering patients be treated in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital rather than a skilled nursing facility.2 The goal of our stroke rehab is to provide an early start to healing, increasing independence and physical function.
Male patient works on building fine motor skills using small stacking blocks as part of stroke rehabilitation.

Integrated and early stroke care

Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital treats patients with a wide range of complex conditions. These include medical, physical, cognitive and emotional needs. Our unparalleled expertise in stroke care during the first, critical days means a stronger recovery. We offer:

  • Stroke survivors who choose an inpatient rehabilitation hospital like Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital have greater improvement, fewer complications and are able to return home sooner than those treated at nursing facilities or other settings.2,3,4  At Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital, you’ll find a highly individualized, carefully integrated program of stroke care that has been shown to make the difference in patients’ outcomes.

  • "Stroke rehabilitation requires the sustained and coordinated effort of a large inter-professional team. Communication and coordination among team members is paramount in maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of rehabilitation." — American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

    At Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital, we draw on the knowledge of an experienced team of stroke rehabilitation specialists to address the range of medical, physical, functional and emotional issues you face.

    This interdisciplinary team is led by a physiatrist, a physician board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and includes rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; dietitians; case managers and other clinical and support staff as needed.

  • Studies show that the sooner you begin a highly coordinated, comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program, the greater gains you are likely to achieve.2 As a specialized hospital, Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital offers you an early start to rehabilitation. We work closely with you, your family and the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to our program.

    Here you will benefit from a minimum of three hours of physical, occupational and/or speech therapies a day, five days a week. The skills and strategies you learn during therapy will be reinforced by your nursing team and in recreational activities.

    Depending on the nature and extent of your stroke, you may be provided with a wheelchair and/or other assistive equipment including electronic aids to assist with daily tasks during your admission.

    You and your family will also receive education and training to help maintain your overall health and well-being following discharge.

    When you’re ready, we’ll coordinate your discharge, help arrange for equipment and provide access to community resources that may be available to you. Our goal, like yours, is for you to move forward with as much independence and confidence as possible.   

  • Treatment is carefully integrated and tailored to your specific needs and goals. Depending on the extent to which you have been impacted by a stroke, we will help:

    • Restore physical function and the ability to perform daily activities
    • Gain strength and endurance
    • Improve balance and mobility
    • Overcome speech or communication deficits
    • Address swallowing issues or nutritional concerns
    • Develop new cognitive, communication and behavioral strategies
    • Improve vision deficits
    • Deal with emotional, psychological and/or social challenges
    • Return to home, work, school or community activities with as much confidence and independence as possible

    Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital's highly individualized program will also help to maximize recovery for patients whose needs may be complicated by other existing medical conditions.

Why choose us for stroke recovery?

Quality care and patient safety are at the core of our treatment programs. Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital’s Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission places it among the country’s top health care facilities.

We’re proud of this distinction and the rigorous performance standards it reflects.


Specialists in Stroke Rehabilitation

All outcomes

accredited in stroke specialty program


Stroke patient satisfaction


Stroke patient discharge to home

The technology of stroke recovery

stroke technology

Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital supports stroke recovery through innovative, cutting-edge treatment that includes assistive technology for stroke patients.

Options available to patients, based on their needs, include:

  • Robot-assisted devices, such as the Armeo® Spring, to improve motor function in the arms and hands
  • Body-weight supported treadmill training and electrical stimulation devices to improve balance, gait and walking
  • Electrical stimulation, mirror therapy and other strategies to improve arm and hand function
  • VitalStim®, a non-invasive external electrical stimulation therapy, applied to the neck for treatment of , to treat swallowing disorders
  • Computer-based exercises to rebuild improve memory, concentration, decision-making and other cognitive skills
Patient using Armeo Spring robotic training tool to increase arm coordination.
Our patients say it best
Ronald’s story
“It’s going to be a long and hard process, but just know that you can do it.”

Stroke Recovery. Let Us Help.

We will work closely with you, and your family, physician and/or the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital for your rehabilitation.

Did You Know?

Studies3 show that stroke survivors treated at a rehabilitation hospital like Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital have a higher level of independence and are more likely to be discharged home than those treated in other care settings. 

1Virani SS, Alonso A, Benjamin EJ, Bittencourt MS, Callaway CW, Carson AP, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2020 update: a report from the American Heart Association external icon . Circulation. 2020;141(9):e139–e596.

2Guidelines for Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery. American Heart Association, Inc. 2016

3Assessment of Patient Outcomes of Rehabilitative Care Provided in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) and After Discharge. Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC. 2014.

4Comparison of Functional Status Improvements Among Patients with Stroke Receiving Postacute Care in Inpatient Rehabilitation vs. Skilled Nursing Facilities. JAMA. 2019.