Villa Medica provides rehabilitation services to people who are suffering from the following neurological disorders:
- stroke (CVA)
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- muscular sclerosis
- other neurological conditions (partial paralysis of lower limbs, vascular stenosis, removal of a tumor with a favourable diagnosis)
Thousands of people suffer a stroke each year in Quebec, which may result in:
- partial paralysis
- difficulty walking
- limited use of an arm or leg
- difficulty communicating (speaking, listening, reading, writing)
- difficulties with concentration, attention, memory, etc.
- vision problems
- difficulty swallowing
A stroke is a traumatic and stressful experience for the sufferer, as well as for their family. The Neurology department’s interdisciplinary team is aware of the difficulties a stroke may cause and uses its expertise to care for the patient’s well-being.
“The rehabilitation program focuses on helping patients achieve as much independence as possible in their daily activities.”
However, for a rehabilitation program to be successful, the patient has to want to make the necessary effort, do the various exercises and take part in the treatments provided.
Upon the patient’s arrival at Villa Medica, an interdisciplinary team of experts begin their care by:
- assessing the patient’s condition
- identifying their needs
- developing a customized treatment plan
Treatment begins as soon as possible to maximize recovery.
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Members of the Villa Medica Clinical Team work together to ensure the well-being of our patients. Treatment is focused on communication and exchanges with the patient and their family members.
The dedicated professionals in the Neurology department have expertise in the following areas:
- Driving assessment and rehabilitation
- Occupational therapy
- Physical Medicine
- Social services
- Speech language pathology
- Spiritual services
The patient’s active participation is crucial, which is why they are encouraged to take part in decisions regarding their treatment. Exercises and activities adapted to their needs, abilities and interests are recommended to patients in order to:
- recover their motor skills (in the affected limbs, posture, balance, walking)
- perform functional activities (bathing, dressing, cooking, housekeeping, etc.).
- work on their concentration skills, attention span, memory and vision problems
- regain their ability to communicate on their own
- develop new ways of doing things
Learn more about the many recreational and therapeutic activities available to our rehabilitation patients during their stay at Villa Medica.
Discharge and follow-up
During their stay, and based on their abilities, patients can go home on weekends or for other occasions. These outings are part of the rehabilitation process and allow them to:
- plan their return home
- evaluate their achievements
- modify certain treatments
- identify the technical aids that can make certain tasks easier (bars in the bathroom, specialized accessories in the kitchen, mobility assistance, etc.)
- ensure a safe return
If required, a Social Worker and liaison nurse can direct the patient to the appropriate home care and support services: CLSC, hospitals and day centres, community organizations and government programs. If the patient’s condition requires home care, the nurse will coordinate the services with the local CLSC. Upon the patient’s discharge, they will receive an exercise program and recommendations to follow in order to continue the rehabilitation process at home. Based on their condition and level of independence, the patient can continue to receive treatment as an outpatient at the Villa Medica outpatient clinic.