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Stroke is a preventable disease with devastating consequences. The risk of stroke can be decreased by addressing and controlling risk factors. Risk factors are medical conditions or lifestyle practices that can increase one's chance of having a stroke.
At the STEP Clinic, we know that risk factor control and lifestyle change take time. We help patients identify and control risk factors and take steps towards improving dietary habits and increasing physical activity.
Our staff is trained to recognize the many consequences of stroke including depression, fatigue, and changes in thinking and memory. Identification of these and other consequences is important for stroke recovery.
Patients and families have many concerns after a stroke or TIA occurs. These include questions about medications and their side effects, returning to work, driving, and many others. At the STEP Clinic, we work hard to address these concerns.
To refer or become a patient of the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network please call 1-800-44REHAB (73422). For more information please visit Memorialhermann.org/lifeyoulove
Leaders in Rehabilitation
U.S. News & World Report has named TIRR Memorial Hermann among “America’s Best Hospitals” each year since the survey began in 1990. TIRR Memorial Hermann ranks best in Texas and second in the nation for rehabilitation. We take people with disabling injury or illness beyond the healthcare setting, changing lives by helping them regain the skills and confidence they need to reintegrate into the community. An interdisciplinary team of highly qualified individuals with rehabilitation training address the individual needs of each patient.
Clinical care for stroke patients is provided at 11 hospitals in our stroke system of care in the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. Clinical services are provided for patients with acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. In total, our system provides care to over 4000 patients per year with cerebrovascular disorders. Our clinical services are tightly linked to our research platforms in acute stroke, brain hemorrhage, stroke prevention, and recovery.
TIRR Memorial Hermann’s history is replete with examples of advances in clinical approaches to rehabilitation fostered by imaginative research initiatives. Investigators at the hospital and research center believe that the future depends on translational research to guide innovation in clinical approaches and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Research Center has these departments:
The Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network, affiliated with TIRR Memorial Hermann, is an extensive network of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities in the greater Houston area. Specialized rehabilitation teams are committed to seeing the potential in every person they work with, and to developing that potential to the fullest through creative goal setting and treatment planning.
Occupational therapy helps people learn, or relearn, how to accomplish everyday tasks such as eating, grooming, bathing, dressing, and assists in the recovery of upper body muscle strength.
Physical therapy helps people build muscle strength, gain agility and flexibility, learn new ways to move or relearn a former physical skill. The focus of this therapy is on ambulation, safe transfers and proper body mechanics.
Speech therapy helps people who have trouble with cognition, communicating or swallowing, caused by a neurological disorder, stroke, brain injury or other health issue.
Neuropsychology assists with evaluating emotional functioning, adjustment and cognitive abilities, such as memory, attention and problem-solving. Neuropsychologists and psychologists are also involved in providing supportive counseling, education and assistance with behavior management to patients and families.
The Challenge Program is a specialized outpatient program that provides a comprehensive range of services to help brain injury and stroke survivors focus on community re-entry skills critical for the transition to independent living, return to work, school or volunteer services.
Admission to an inpatient or outpatient program requires a physician referral.