Iowa Methodist Medical Center is a Certified Primary Stroke Center. We ensure the highest level of quality stroke care and support so patients can maximize their recovery potential. Our Primary Stroke Center certification means our program complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality care for inpatient stroke rehabilitation, and it shows the community our commitment to doing things well for people experiencing strokes. It also signifies the services provided at our hospital include the critical elements needed to achieve long-term success in improving stroke outcomes for our patients.
Younker Rehabilitation is specialized in the ability to treat patients with strokes. Our goal, regardless of the severity of your stroke, is to get you back to living a high-quality, productive life with your family. It is important to realize that stroke affects every person uniquely. Our stroke rehabilitation care plans are individualized and designed to address the functional abilities affected by your stroke.
Treatment and Advanced Technology
Younker Rehabilitation incorporates advanced treatment and state-of-the-art technology to achieve optimal outcomes and help individuals who have experienced a stroke regain function on the affected side of their body. Within our team of physical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists, Younker Rehabilitation has over 175 years of combined clinical therapy experience. Their expertise and understanding of patients' needs have helped transform Younker Rehabilitation into a facility rich with advanced and customized innovation, ensuring the greatest opportunity for patient rehabilitation.
Treatment and Advanced Technology in Stroke Rehabilitation
With the RT300, we can stimulate one or both legs, or one or both arms with up to 16 muscle groups in the extremity and trunk receiving stimulation. The RT300 FES bike is accessible using a wheelchair or standard chair. It uses a program of passive, assisted, and active motion in a cycling motion to strengthen muscle groups working together. It also provides visual feedback on a monitor for the patient, to encourage more interaction.
The mobile arm support (MAS) supports the arm to, in essence, remove the resistance of gravity for a patient who has a weak shoulder and arm. This can allow the person to work on functional activities and training that could not be accomplished otherwise. The MAS can also be used during tasks such as eating a meal to allow the person with a weak arm to begin to feed him/herself.
- Adaptive equipment such as a reacher, dressing stick, or sock aide to increase independence when dressing.
- Adaptive equipment to improve a patient's ability to eat independently.
- Commonly used equipment for eating includes:
- Scoop bowl/plate, plate guard/lipped plate, mugs with handles, bent/angled utensils, weighted utensils, rocker knife, utensils with built-up handles, non-slip mats, long straws, universal cuff.
- Our therapists work with patients to use their own smartphones, allowing them increased independence by use of various apps and functions not commonly known. One commonly used example is the use of voice dictation for those patients who are unable to use their hand to push the buttons on the phone. This may be the case for patients who have had a stroke affecting their dominant side.
- Therapists also use the iPad© in therapy sessions and educate patients and their families on applications that can be utilized to address fine motor deficits, memory, attention, problem-solving and executive functioning.