What You Should Know
At the UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center, experts offer various levels of care for people who have strokes.
Once someone has been admitted to UF Health Shands Hospital with a stroke, he or she receives state-of-the-art care as quickly as possible. Our physicians will take images of the brain and will conduct numerous tests. Patients are evaluated and specific, individualized treatment plans begin. Patients may require various medications and/or surgery to treat stroke.
Neurointensive Care Unit
Most patients recover in our designated neurointensive care unit, one of the largest in Florida, where they have the comfort of private rooms with 24/7 access to highly skilled nurses and physicians. During a person’s stay, our physicians will determine the underlying cause of the stroke, and will perform an in-depth evaluation of risk factors for stroke. Patients at the UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center may receive expert evaluations from physicians in other specialty areas, including cardiology, endocrinology (diabetes), internal medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Patients treated in the UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center often have ongoing rehabilitation needs and evaluation by our rehabilitation medicine specialist in conjunction with treatment by our physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology team addresses early rehabilitation recovery. Upon discharge, people may require further rehab in which case our physicians may recommend admission to the UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital or to a skilled nursing facility.
Patients receive care from an interdisciplinary team that includes vascular neurologists, neuro critical care specialists, certified physical medicine and rehab physicians in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Our physicians will help with stroke prevention and management of risk factors. Additionally, if rehabilitation needs continue after hospital discharge, a stroke rehabilitation medicine physician (physiatrist) will develop an ongoing outpatient rehabilitation program. Specialized services offered include comprehensive spasticity management including treatment with Botulinum Toxin and motion/functional analysis. People may also continue with rehab therapy after discharge. UF Health Shands has several outpatient rehab facilities with physical and occupational therapists and speech language pathologists trained in stroke rehabilitation.
Stroke Support Groups
- The Life After Stroke Support Group, or LASSG: Meets every Thursday from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at the Alachua County Senior Recreation Center. The Senior Recreation Center is located at 5701 NW 34th Street in Gainesville. This group welcomes anyone who has had a stroke, as well as family, friends and care providers. For more information, call 352-745-3672, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/gvillestroke.
- Stroke Caregiver Support Group - Need some time to focus on you and bond with other stroke caregivers in the community? Join us for monthly support meetings with fellow caregivers. Guest speakers frequently discuss topics of interest or provide fun activities for the group. Meetings are free and open to the public. Email email@example.com for dates, times and topics.
- The UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital Aphasia Book Club: Meets every other Wednesday at 5 p.m. at UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital at 4101 NW 89th Blvd. in Gainesville. The club is free but space is limited. Please contact Kerry Lenius at 265-5491 x70144 if you are interested in attending. Visit the UF Health master calendar for a list of book club dates.