Stroke Rehabilitation

Our CARF-accredited stroke rehabilitation program is customized to fit each patient and family. The stroke rehabilitation team is led by Dr. Mark Chai, Medical Director, who is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This experienced team works with the patient and the family to identify goals and develop a dynamic treatment plan to improve the following:

This experienced team works with the patient and the family to identify goals and develop a dynamic treatment plan to improve the following:

  • Weakness and/or paralysis
  • Balance and coordination
  • Language and swallowing
  • Activities of daily living
  • Memory, thinking, attention, and learning
  • Emotional issues

The Life After Stroke Support Group meets monthly, and provides ongoing support and follow-up for patients, family, and friends.

Patient Story - Karin Mullin

Karin was enjoying a warm spring day, raking leaves in the yard, when she felt like the trees started to spin. Suddenly, her numb body fell to the ground and she was unable to move. After receiving advanced treatment at The Reading Hospital Stroke Center, she credits her “great outcome” to the dedicated team at the Reading Hospital for Post-Acute Rehabilitation. “The care was outstanding. I received A+ clinical and personal care.”

During her rehab, Karin, like many stroke victims, was anxious to get back to normal activities right away. Her doctors and therapists, including Dr. Mark Chai, “were wonderful.” As he got to know and understand Karin, Dr. Chai would reassure her every morning that “we can’t just do this overnight – it takes a while.”

As Karin grew to know and respect her nurses and therapists, she learned to trust them with her life. They taught her strengthening exercises, how to use a walker, how to go up and down stairs, and helped her regain her speech. Because they were “such good and wonderful people, I tried to do whatever they asked.”

In addition to her outstanding therapy, Karin also enjoyed getting to know the other patients. During dinner, she would chat with them, and they would share their rehab stories and talk about friends and family.

Today, after completing outpatient therapy, Karin’s condition continues to get better. The comprehensive treatment and focused therapies enabled her to regain her mobility and speech. “I wouldn’t be able to do the many simple things that make life worthwhile – walking and talking, cleaning the house, gardening, and, yes, raking leaves. Life is good.”