TGMC’s Health and Rehabilitation Center recently received an accreditation for its stroke specialty program by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), making it the only hospital in the Tri-Parish area with this designation and one of only four such facilities in the entire state.
The certification tells the public, patients, other doctors and insurance companies that TGMC offers the same level of stroke rehabilitation care as state-of-the-art medical facilities, only closer to home. The stroke specialty accreditation signifies TGMC’s compliance in areas including leadership, risk management, health, safety and performance. It also focuses on interventions such as preventing, recognizing, assessing and treating a stroke, as well as identifying and reducing risk factors for recurrent stroke.
The program includes functional independence, social skills, quality of life, and support services for the patient and family. The patient and family additionally receive education regarding home modifications, safety and health risks. The accreditation addresses the prevention of cardiovascular complications, deficiencies, infections, mood swings and pain. It requires that the rehab program include health assessments such as communication disorders, cognitive functions, motor skills, visual problems, activities of daily living (dressing, grooming, toileting, cooking), functional mobility and depression. Health promotion and screenings, as well as preventative care and health care delivery, are also integral elements of the rehabilitation department.
The stroke specialty accreditation validates the overall high level of rehabilitation care that TGMC provides and what patients can expect. A stroke happens in seconds. Recovery, however, may take a year to reach maximum potential, depending upon the severity of the patient’s stroke. Together the staff at TGMC provides a multi-disciplinary approach for each patient’s individualized care and gets them back on the road to recovery.
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