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.

Stroke care at Mount Nittany Medical Center

Mount Nittany Medical Center is nationally recognized as a certified Primary Stroke Care Center by The Joint Commission. As a certified Center, the Medical Center adheres to the latest developments and guidelines to care for stroke patients.

Learn more about our Stroke program.

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.

HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital hosts a monthly stroke group gathering, focused on education, support and community resources, for stroke survivors and other interested parties. Contact Mitchell Straub, DPT, therapy manager, at 814.359.3421.