Care & Support

The goal of rehabilitation is to improve function so that the stroke survivor can regain independence. In some cases, basic skills such as eating, dressing, or walking may need to be re-learned through use of rehabilitation.

Generally, recovery guidelines indicate the following:

  • 10 percent of stroke survivors recover almost completely
  • 25 percent recover with minor impairments
  • 40 percent experience moderate to severe impairments requiring special care
  • 10 percent require care in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
  • 15 percent die shortly after the stroke

As soon as possible after stroke, rehabilitation begins. Rehabilitation usually begins in the hospital and continues after being released. Depending on the severity of the stroke, rehabilitation options may include a rehabilitation unit in the hospital, home therapy, outpatient therapy, or a long-term care facility.

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Stroke care at Mount Nittany Medical Center

Mount Nittany Medical Center is in the process of refining our care of stroke patients in preparation for applying to The Joint Commission (TJC) for Primary Stroke Center (PSC) certification. Evidence based order sets, clinical pathways, policies, procedures, and protocols have been developed and implemented. Medical, nursing, and ancillary staff are educated regarding the use of these materials along with the latest developments in stroke patient care.


Obtaining TJC certification indicates that we have met their stroke care standards and will be nationally recognized as a certified PSC. In addition to meeting the standards, we also are required to do data collection and analysis that will help to continually improve both care delivery and patient outcomes.

We are very proud to offer this care to the members of the community and look forward to improving the outcomes for stroke patients and their families.

Caregiver tips

It is estimated that there are 7,000,000 stroke survivors over the age of 20 in the United States. After you or a family member survives a stroke, the recovery process begins.

Caregivers or family caregivers are essential to recovery. Assisting with things such as physician appointments, medications, rehabilitation exercises, transportation, emotional support, hygiene care, communication and more, caregivers are advocates for stroke survivors.

For detailed caregiver information, tips, and support, click here to visit the American Stroke Association’s links.