The aim of cognitive therapy is to help people who have suffered a stroke to return to the highest level of functioning possible for their individual circumstances (this level will be different for every person) or to meet their individual, specific goals, reviewed regularly within the assessment and rehabilitation process.
A neuropsychologist, with the aid of other medical professionals such as physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists, can be of great help in improving cognitive function. Circle Rehabilitation offers a real integration between therapy areas, meaning you won’t need to wait weeks (or months) to be referred to a specialist. We have a full range of experienced medical professionals in-house.
Following informal and formal assessment, our multidisciplinary team will put together a treatment programme tailored just for you.
Stroke recovery is a process, one that often takes longer than you would like. It is important to keep in mind the idea of ongoing progression. While you are not likely to recover fully straight away, progression on a regular basis is key, and something to be celebrated. Sometimes, you may not be able to see your own progress, but the team will be there to help guide your understanding of the steps required to meet your goals.
Depending on the cognitive challenges you have, you may be shown specific support strategies to help you manage with certain limitations. This may be things like keeping a diary to help with memory issues or learning new habits to compensate for weaknesses caused by your stroke.
As part of your treatment process, you may be referred for occupational therapy or physiotherapy, where specific work can be done to help retrain your brain to compensate for injury or damage caused by stroke (this is known as neuroplasticity). For some cognitive deficits, you may be referred to a speech and language therapist, who can help you with any speech, language or swallowing issues you may be experiencing.
Cognitive therapy following a stroke is often started while you are an inpatient at Circle Rehabilitation but can continue for the long-term, with community services or as an outpatient at Circle, for as long as required. The focus is always on progressing from where you currently are, so treatments and support may change over time as you are re-assessed by our care team and new goals are set.