Stroke Rehabilitation

A stroke occurs when the flow of fresh, oxygen-filled blood from the heart and lungs to the brain is interrupted by a blockage or rupture. This cuts off the brain from vital energy and causes nerve cells to die, resulting in a loss of function in the areas controlled by the affected area of the brain.

Physical rehabilitation following a stroke helps people relearn how to move, swallow, speak, take care of themselves and more. Continue reading to learn how the stroke recovery unit at Sheltering Arms Institute is helping patients find the Power to Overcome!

Research has proven early intervention is key to achieving meaningful outcomes after experiencing a stroke. Physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapies following a stroke helps patients relearn how to walk, speak and participate in activities they enjoy.

Recovering from a stroke is not easy, but Sheltering Arms Institute has an environment of friendly and caring stroke rehabilitation specialists to help you through this difficult time. Our wide range of services and advanced physical rehabilitation technology create a healing space where you and your family can find the power to overcome the setbacks that many patients experience after a stroke.

 Why Choose Sheltering Arms Institute’s Stroke Recovery Unit?

We offer the largest and only dedicated stroke unit in the region backed by a team of compassionate experts who specialize in all aspects of stroke recovery, which leads to the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Our team of therapists has extensive training and expertise to help patients regain function and independence after a stroke. Your recovery is the main priority for our transdisciplinary teams – we utilize all their strengths so you can find the strength to overcome. We will help you set recovery goals and develop an appropriate treatment plan so that you can create a lifestyle that suits your needs.

Stroke Patient Outcomes at Sheltering Arms Institute


People with Stroke Treated at Sheltering Arms Institute

(as of April 2022)


Percentage of Patients Discharged to the Community


Overall Patient Satisfaction*


Percentage of Patients Likely to Recommend Sheltering Arms Institute*


*Press Ganey National Database June 2020 – August 2021

Outcome Metrics: Sheltering Arms Institute vs. National Average

Sheltering Arms Institute patients have significantly greater functional improvement, particularly balance and walking speeds, compared to national rehabilitation averages.1

We Provide Better Outcomes by Spending More Time with Our Patients

stroke rehab inpatient rehab virginiaCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires patients receive a minimum of three hours of therapy five days per week. On average, our patients receive 15% more therapy time than the required three hours.

Research studies consistently prove that patients who receive rehab at an Inpatient Rehab Facility (IRF) like Sheltering Arms Institute have better outcomes when compared to patients who receive rehab at a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF).2

In addition to more therapy time, our patients have access to proven treatment strategies and advanced technology to increase intensity and neuroplastic changes while maintaining patient safety.

1:Source eRehab – since June 2020

2: Hong I, Goodwin JS, Reistetter TA, et al. Comparison of FunctionalStatus Improvements Among Patients With Stroke Receiving PostacuteCare in Inpatient Rehabilitation vs Skilled Nursing Facilities. JAMA NetwOpen. 2019;2(12):e1916646. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.16646

Continued Support After Discharge

Sheltering Arms Institute has a robust community transition program that begins while patients are in our hospital. We match patients with community resources during their stay for continued connection, education, and coordination of services after discharge.

Evidence shows that when there is care coordination beyond the hospital setting and community support services are provided, patient outcomes and patient and caregiver satisfaction improve.3

3: Kitzman, P., Hudson, K., Sylvia, V. et al. Care Coordination for Community Transitions for Individuals Post-stroke Returning to Low-Resource Rural Communities. J Community Health 42, 565–572 (2017).

Stroke Unit Fast Facts

  • 30 all-private rooms and bathrooms with patient lifts
  • 10,000 sq. ft. main therapy gym
  • Additional gym and bodyweight support harness located on the unit
  • Dedicated care team comprised of physicians; nurses; care managers; physical, occupational, speech and recreation therapists; and a rehabilitation psychologist
  • Care team includes Certified Rehab Nurses, Neurological Clinical Specialists, and Certified Stroke Rehab Specialists
  • On-site clinicians who develop clinical practice guidelines and implement the latest findings into patients’ care plans

Learn more about outpatient stroke rehabilitation therapy at Sheltering Arms.

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