WALLINGFORD – May is National Stroke Awareness Month, designed to inform the public about the risk, prevention, and prevalence of strokes. A stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain and occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. It is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with medically complex and intensive rehabilitation issues, is committed to providing comprehensive medical and therapeutic services to patients following stroke.

Gaylord is the only facility in Connecticut recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for its Stroke Specialty Program. This recognition represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards.

“At Gaylord, our stroke team is recognized for our extensive training and expertise helping our patients regain their strength and maximize their capabilities,” said Tara A. Knapp, Vice President, Development & Public Relations. “With proven experience in rehabilitating stroke patients, we are proud to be leaders in the industry and provide outstanding patient centered care and treatment.”

Gaylord has a robust inpatient and outpatient Stroke Program that is designed to meet the needs of its patients by using individualized therapy programs that deal effectively with impairments that typically result from a stroke including partial paralysis, speech loss, swallowing problems, and perceptual or visual problems.

In addition, Gaylord offers the only transitional living center in Connecticut.  The Traurig House serves as a stepping stone in the rehabilitation continuum of care by providing the necessary transition to ease patients from the hospital to home. Gaylord also offers the Stroke Tune-up clinic for individuals who have experienced a stroke in the past.  Individuals can have their status evaluated by health care professionals to maximize their safety, function and participation in life.

For additional information on strokes as well as Gaylord’s rehabilitation program, please visit www.gaylord.com and download the Gaylord Stroke Education Manual or Stroke Resources page.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with medically complex and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford and North Haven. For latest news or more information go to their website.

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