HealthSouth at Martin Health Hosts Support Group for Those Affected by Aphasia
A stroke can cause much impairment in the body. One common cognitive condition is aphasia, an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language but does not affect intelligence. Treating many patients with aphasia each year as a result of stroke, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital at Martin Health provides community awareness of this little-known disorder through its rehabilitative efforts.
At HealthSouth at Martin Health, assessments and treatments are included in a patient’s individualized therapy plan and are based upon the cognitive-neuropsychological models of language. Treatment goals are often tailored to the personal communication needs of the patient and family as well as home and community interests.
“Aphasia is a very common side effect to stroke, and we often see it in our patients,” said Ivette Miranda, CEO of HealthSouth at Martin Health. “Our therapists have worked to develop a sound aphasia treatment plan using advanced technologies and a customized approach for each patient. It is HealthSouth’s goal to provide the best possible therapy to help patients improve their speaking abilities and get back to a normal life.”
HealthSouth at Martin Health supports those affected by aphasia through a hospital-based support group. The group is run by a collaboration of medical professionals from Martin Health and HealthSouth. Meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the dayroom of HealthSouth at Martin Health, located at 5850 SE Community Dr. in Stuart. Members of the community who are overcoming a stroke, in addition to their caregivers, are invited to attend at no cost. Activities include language and cognitive-based games in addition to monthly presentations on stroke-related topics.