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Updated: Nov 2, 2023

Question:

Hello, I live in Maryland my Daughter had a Brain Stem stroke 7/7/17 she has come a long way; however she cannot stand without assistance her balance and coordination are still off. She’s not walking. She has had ongoing PT and OT. In-home and out-patient therapy. We need some advice or a rehabilitation center where she can get some extensive therapy. We are willing to travel.


Answer:

First, I'm so sorry for the delay in responding, and to hear about your daughter's condition; but I'm glad she has made some progress since her stroke. It's understandable that you're looking for a rehabilitation center that can provide extensive therapy to help her further improve her balance, coordination, and ability to walk.


You won’t need to travel! Maryland offers several options for rehabilitation centers that specialize in stroke recovery.


Here are a few recommendations:

1. Johns Hopkins Hospital - Located in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is known for its high-quality medical care and rehabilitation services. They have a comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program that includes physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

2. Kennedy Krieger Institute - Also located in Baltimore, Kennedy Krieger is renowned for its expertise in pediatric rehabilitation. They have a dedicated Stroke Rehabilitation Program that focuses on specialized therapies for children and adolescents.

3. National Rehabilitation Hospital - Located in Washington, D.C., the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) is another top choice for stroke rehabilitation. They offer an interdisciplinary approach to care, combining physical medicine, therapy, psychology, and social work.

4. MedStar National Rehabilitation Network - With multiple locations throughout Maryland, MedStar offers comprehensive rehabilitative care for stroke survivors. Their team of experts will assess your daughter's needs and create a personalized treatment plan.

It's important to reach out to these centers directly to discuss your daughter's specific needs, inquire about available programs, financial plans, and ask any questions you may have. They will be able to provide more information regarding their services, admission process, and what you can expect during her stay.


Additionally, there are NOT-FOR-PROFIT HOSPITALS throughout the nation! Their benefits include:

  • The ability to pay CASH if your insurance won’t pay for services;

  • Flexible payment plans if costs exhaust your budget; and,

  • Highly qualified therapists and doctors.

I was fortunate to work with a not-for-profit hospital, Northern Arizona Health, in Flagstaff, AZ. Prior to my being eligible for Medicare (which paid 100% of my therapy), I used a private healthcare company that questioned everything they could find, Including severely limiting the number sessions I was “allowed” (10 per year!), and didn’t pay for a LOT of other treatments.


So, they worked with us and allowed us to pay a reduced rate in cash to allow me to obtain the therapy I desperately needed!


In Maryland, here’s a list of non-profit hospitals:

-MERCY MEDICAL CENTER IN BALTIMORE, Voluntary non-profit - Church

-MERITUS MEDICAL CENTER HAGERSTOWN, Voluntary non-profit - Private

-NORTHWEST HOSPITAL CENTER RANDALLSTOWN, Voluntary non-profit - Private

-PENINSULA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER SALISBURY, Voluntary non-profit - Private


FINAL NOTE: Remember that rehabilitation takes time and patience, and each individual's progress is unique. Keep supporting and encouraging your daughter throughout this journey. If you need any further assistance or have more specific questions, feel free to ask.


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