Dr. Gaurav Thukkral, Co-founder and COO of HCAH India, in an interview, discusses the comprehensive approaches that empower stroke survivors to overcome physical and cognitive challenges during their rehabilitation journey, emphasizing the importance of emotional well-being and innovative treatment protocols.
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What treatment approaches do you find most effective in helping stroke survivors overcome physical and cognitive challenges during their rehabilitation journey?
At HCAH, we believe in a comprehensive approach to stroke recovery, recognizing that it encompasses more than just physical healing. Our program integrates activities like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness to harmonize the mind and body, reducing the risk of future strokes and enhancing overall well-being.
Cognitive and communication disorders are diligently addressed through occupational and speech therapy. These sessions focus on rebuilding lost cognitive abilities like memory, problem-solving, and social skills. Speech therapy aids in regaining proficiency in communication. Additionally, psychological evaluations, counseling, and support group participation are offered to address emotional adjustments.
We leverage cutting-edge technology to further optimize recovery. Functional Electrical Stimulation facilitates muscle contractions and aids in re-education. Robotic devices support impaired limbs, promoting strength and function restoration. Wireless technology encourages increased activity post-stroke, aiding progress tracking and motivation. Virtual Reality provides an innovative avenue for rehabilitation through simulated environments.
As a Transition Care Centre (TCC), have you encountered any challenges or constraints that stroke patients might have faced in the recovery process?
The challenges faced by stroke survivors include mobility loss, urinary incontinence, and limited access to rehabilitation services. At HCAH, we’re committed to addressing these concerns with tailored care. Financial strain is one of the challenges faced during the recovery process and to address that, HCAH partners with notable insurance providers. Caregiver’s role is invaluable. We provide specialized training and resources, empowering them to support loved ones effectively, even in the face of challenges like speech impairments and anger management.
HCAH provides personalized rehabilitation, empowering stroke survivors to regain their independence and confidence. Together, we navigate challenges, ensuring everyone receives the highest quality care on their path to recovery.
How do TCCs help stroke patients or survivors address, specialized medical needs or provide access to higher levels of care? Are these covered by insurance?
We believe TCCs play a crucial role in addressing the specialized medical needs of stroke patients and survivors while providing access to higher levels of care. Our comprehensive services cover a range of medical areas, including stroke recovery, head and spine injuries, critical care, rehabilitation for cardiac and pulmonary conditions, dementia, depression, Parkinson’s, oncology rehabilitation, and medical management.
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To facilitate access to these specialized services, HCAH collaborates with prominent insurance providers like Medi Assist Insurance, Manipal Cigna Health Insurance Company Ltd, SBI General Insurance Co. Ltd., and Navi General Insurance Ltd. These collaborations offer tailored insurance policies to cover the unique needs associated with stroke recovery and other medical conditions.
HCAH’s dedicated centres ensure that stroke patients receive the necessary care, supported by insurance coverage, allowing them to access higher levels of care critical for their recovery.
How do TCCs contribute to a better quality of life, specifically for stroke survivors?
Transitional Care Centres (TCCs) significantly improve the quality of life for stroke survivors. Caring for stroke patients burdens both survivors and their caregivers in multiple ways. At HCAH, our personalized stroke rehabilitation care plan addresses these challenges, enhancing functional abilities and overall well-being. During the crucial 90-day “Golden Period” post-stroke, we offer neuro rehabilitation, physiotherapy, physiatry, occupational therapy, speech and swallow therapy, 24/7 medical monitoring, skilled nursing care, personalized physiotherapy, assistance with daily life activities, systematic evaluation, respiratory therapy, balanced nutrition, and emotional support. Through our predictive model, we can map an individual’s recovery journey, complete with key milestones and a timeline. This multidisciplinary approach, coupled with advanced equipment, minimizes recovery time, enabling a return to a normal life. TCC is paramount in reducing the physical, emotional, and financial toll on both stroke survivors and their caregivers, ultimately contributing to an improved quality of life.
What efforts are made to ensure the emotional well-being of stroke survivors?
The emotional challenges faced by stroke survivors, such as fear, frustration, and uncertainty, are often overlooked but are critical for their holistic well-being. At HCAH’s TCC, we understand that emotional rehabilitation is as essential as physical recovery. We offer a supportive and nurturing environment where emotional well-being is a top priority. Our professional guidance and emotional support help individuals navigate the storm of post-stroke recovery. Cognitive therapists are available for this providing Art therapy, music therapy, group therapies, and family participation in care.
In addition to emotional support, our rehabilitation programs encompass physical therapy to enhance mobility and balance, speech therapy to improve communication skills and occupational therapy to assist with daily living activities. These programs equip patients with the tools to manage their condition, access necessary resources, and cope with their new reality.
Our dedicated healthcare professionals specialize in stroke recovery, and by addressing emotional needs, we reduce the risk of depression, anxiety, and other emotional issues. The focus on emotional well-being in our care ultimately leads to improved quality of life and independence for stroke survivors.