Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Stroke Rehabilitation at Fletcher Allen
A stroke is a brain injury that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. This can cause many problems for the person, such as:
- Difficulty moving or controlling one or both sides of the body
- Difficulty sitting up, walking and climbing stairs
- Difficulty doing daily activities such as getting dressed, using the bathroom or preparing a meal
- Difficulty thinking, speaking or swallowing
Our staff at Fletcher Allen work closely as a team to develop an individualized rehabilitation plan with input from the patient and family.
Experience, Trusted Expertise
Treatment provided in the acute rehabilitation setting is based on the most current research for strokes, using proven treatment techniques. In addition, because we are affiliated with The University of Vermont, patients and families will have access to new and emerging treatments and technologies, and latest scientific knowledge. Our highly trained staff works collaboratively with the university to continuously improve clinical skills and promote best practices in treatment. The focus of the treatment plan is on compensation and/or remediation, depending on the person’s response to therapy and progress over time. Ongoing patient and family education and training are an integral part of the rehabilitation process. The length of time a person can spend in rehabilitation depends on the severity of the stroke, support available at discharge and the specific rehabilitation needs.
The care our patients receive is our number one priority. That is why we are proud to be among the hospitals recognized for performance in the “Get with the Guidelines” quality program of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
The stroke Center Team has been regularly recognized by the “Get with the Guidelines” program since 2008, and has been classified as a primary stroke center by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading organization for health care quality standards.
In 2013, the average length of stay for someone recovering from a stroke was 17 days, and more than 70% of these people were discharged to a home setting. To be admitted to this setting, the individual needs to be at a point where he or she can tolerate 3 hours or more of intense therapy.