Stroke Inpatient Program


Stroke Inpatient Program

Cardinal Hill’s Stroke Inpatient Program was created in 1978 and provides first – rate care to our patients and families. Accredited by CARF*, this program was established with one goal: to return patients to a meaningful lifestyle in the shortest time possible.

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Patient Story: Sharon Wright

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Cardinal Hill’s state-of-the-art facility and team of caring professionals create an atmosphere that supports the patient and family’s recovery and progress. Each patient will work with healthcare professionals who are experts in their field of care.

The Stroke Treatment Team
For a smooth transition to inpatient rehabilitation, the stroke team maintains communication with referring physicians, while focusing on the patient’s rehabilitative needs. In addition to the Patient, Family and Caregiver, members of the treatment team may include:

  • Physician
  • Rehabilitation Nurse
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Certified School Teacher
  • Care Manager/Social Worker
  • Dietician
  • Psychologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Chaplain

Family members are included in the treatment team, and we encourage active family participation as the patient works to achieve functional goals. A rehabilitation physician and nurse are available 24 hours a day, attending to each patient daily. Every patient is treated as an individual while working to achieve personal rehabilitation goals. Individual counseling, support groups, family education and referrals for community resources are all available. Family support is a key element in a successful rehabilitation experience.

Program Features

Along with Medical Management, the plan of care may include:
Innovative Technology and Equipment
Swallowing Evaluation and Retraining
Stroke Support Group
Bowel and Bladder Retraining
Adjustment Counseling
Therapeutic Community Reentry Activities
Home Management Training
Aquatic Therapy
Driving Evaluation
Prevocational Evaluation
Evaluation of Equipment Needs
Home and Work Evaluation
Community Referrals
Recreational Activities


*CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.




Follow-Up Services

As discharge from the inpatient phase approaches, the team recommends a plan for ongoing rehabilitation. A follow-up visit with a Cardinal Hill physician may be scheduled, and the physician Discharge Summary is sent to referring physicians in acute care and to primary care physicians at home. Referrals are made for home health or outpatient therapy services according to the individual’s needs. At the time of discharge, changes may be recommended in the patient’s general medical management, home program or home equipment.

Cardinal Hill provides a full range of services to accommodate entry into the rehabilitation process at any level of treatment for a stroke. In addition to the inpatient program, we also offer:
Outpatient Therapy
Outpatient Medical Day Program
Outpatient Medical Clinic
Community Reentry Program
Home Health Care
Support Groups
Wellness Program

2012 National Stroke Association Rehabilitation & Recovery Network Member

For more information about Cardinal Hill's Stroke Program or to make a referral, call (800) 233-3260 or (859) 367-7120.



Current Stroke Research Projects at Cardinal Hill Hospital

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Community Partnership

Kentucky AgrAbility
Cardinal Hill is a partner with the University of Kentucky AgrAbility program. AgrAbility is designed to help farmers keep farming after illness and injury. AgrAbility provides services such as: on-farm help like modifying equipment and tools, help finding financial support for assistive technology and farm modifications, and educational programs for farmers. Please visit the AgrAbility website for more information. The link is located under the Related Information tab below.

To learn more, about our Stroke Program, click on the Related Information tab below.

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