Stroke is a common diagnosis in rehabilitation and resultant visual field disorders can be a significant barrier to a successful rehabilitation program.
Patient Information: Male, Age 67
History: This gentleman was referred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation services after hospitalization due to a second stroke which resulted in lower extremity weakness and decreased balance. Prior to this stroke, he lived at home with his wife and walked with a hemi-walker.
In the early phase of rehab, a therapist may elect to challenge a patient with one task at a time. However, most of the activities done by individuals in everyday life occur with two or more tasks performed at once. Dual-task (DT) training is defined as working on one task while simultaneously working on additional tasks (cognitive or motor). Individuals with neurologic disorders commonly have deficits in their ability to perform motor and cognitive dual-tasks.
Patient Information: Male, Age 39
Diagnosis: Guillain-Barré Syndrome / Quadriplegia
History: This gentleman was hospitalized for an extended period of time due to onset of Guillain-Barré syndrome requiring mechanical ventilation. After hospitalization, he was referred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation due to significant limitations in muscle strength, activity tolerance, balance and coordination with an inability to perform daily living tasks independently. His goal was to be able to watch his kids play community sports. Prior to this hospitalization, he was independent with all activities, lived on his own, and worked as a truck driver.
Patient Information: Male, Age 57
Diagnosis: Cognitive Communication Deficit / Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease /
Chronic Heart Failure
History: This gentleman was admitted to a skilled nursing facility and referred to speech therapy for decreased cognitive function and failure to thrive following bilateral above knee amputations. Previously, the gentleman lived at home.