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Rocky Mountain Stroke Center

Founded in 1992, we are a community non-profit that offers low-cost rehabilitation services and support to stroke survivors and their families in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Stroke Center is where recovery continues and we strive to help families find life after stroke.

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Individual Counseling

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Disabled
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Individual counseling is offered to both survivors and caregivers in dealing with understanding stroke impacts, grief and loss, depression and anxiety, and more.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Just Guys' Group

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Males
People/Families with of People with Disabilities

Description

Activities and discussion to help men who have had a stroke, deal with stroke related issues. The guys also go on monthly social outings together.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Mindfulness

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
People/Families with of People with Disabilities

Description

Mindfulness is achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment. Mindfulness can help reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance thinking abilities. We will work to incorporate these techniques in daily life!

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Evidence of Program's Success

Caregiver Support Group

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Families
Parents
People/Families with of People with Disabilities

Description

This group is an opportunity to meet with other caregivers and receive support and encouragement in your journey.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Northern Stroke Hub

Class

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled
Families
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Rocky Mountain Stroke Center has partnered with Good Samaritan Medical Center in order to extend stroke recovery services to North Metro Denver. We are currently providing a monthly support group for both stroke survivors and caregivers/family. Our goal is to expand services to include offering classes like Music Therapy, Mindful Yoga, and a Communications class.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evidence of the program's success is shown by the increasing numbers of clients calling and attending the support groups as well as requesting individual counseling services. The immense need and positive feedback of the current clients is also evidence of the program's success.

Skill-Building Lab

Class

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Physically Disabled

Description

The Lab is a place where survivors come to improve speech and other important skills. Using a variety of computerized and electronic programs, survivors "play games" that are important in strengthening eye/hand coordination, cognition and physical ability. We even have a Wii game system where clients can enter into friendly competitions with each other, motivating one another to reach their individual goals. This in turn supports our mission of engaging our clients in relevant, positive and supportive ways.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We observe success when survivors can finish reading a book, when they were unable to focus on a single page. Our clients report being able to communicate more successfully and with an increased ability to find the words needed for conversation.

Music Therapy

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

When participating in a music therapy session, survivors are able to engage their whole brain with music and find they are able to sing and use song to talk. There is a specific music therapy class for survivors with aphasia (impairment of the ability to speak) and is instrumental for building speech skills and strengthening cognitive processing.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our evidence for the success of this program is found in this quote from a stroke survivor's family member: "The music program at RMSC has helped my mom immensely. After her stroke, her speech was limited to five words or less. After a year of one-on-one traditional speech therapy twice a week, her speech improved only slightly. Doctors said improvement from that time forward would be sparse. Our family decided to seek alternative and found the music class at RMSC. My mom has been attending this class for about 9 months and has made huge improvements in her speech. She is now able to express her feelings and can ask for things she wants or needs. The group setting has also helped her to feel comfortable engaging in conversations. The majority of her improvements came about after starting the music class and her speech continues to improve. We truly believe that she has benefited greatly from the music class." Jane D.

Physical Therapy/Warm Pool Water Therapy

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Stroke survivors participate in physical rehabilitation at a local recreation center! Participating in pool therapy allows for a greater range of motion which can help strengthen weakened muscles, stretch tight muscles and improve the overall quality of life. Additionally, individual and group physical therapy sessions at RMSC are led by a licensed physical therapist specializing in stroke rehabilitation. Both the PT groups and the Pool classes help our clients increase movement, balance and core strength skills.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The level of participation (percentage of participation) in one of these groups tells the story of the program success. Clients that were told they would never walk are finding quite the opposite to be true. A large part of the program success is the socialization involved when survivors encourage each other and hold each other accountable.

Young Stroke Support Group

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Physically Disabled nec
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Rocky Mountain Stroke Center has a support group for young stroke survivors ranging in age from 20 - 55. The goal of the Young Stroke group is to provide education and support to this specific group of survivors. This unique group of individuals are often isolated and face an increase in rates of depression and challenges with a lack of progress. This is often attributed to the fact that they are without a sufficient peer group. The Young stroke group shares issues and successes, plans group activities, and arranges for speakers who provide resources about stroke. While other stroke support groups exist throughout Colorado, the Young Stroke group is the only one targeted at younger audiences. There is value in a support group where members who share their stories and provide information can have a powerful impact on each other. The psychosocial benefit for group members makes a difference in their individual quality of life.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evidence of program success can be measured by the longevity and cohesiveness of the group, its growth and retention of members. Evidence of new friendships is obvious. Many take advantage of other therapies at RMSC. One group member stated, "Originally I started attending because I needed to, now I attend because I want to."

Art Therapy

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Physically Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Weekly art classes are taught for stroke survivors by a local Littleton artist promoting new skills and opportunities for self-expression. A variety of mediums are used including chalk, acrylics and watercolors. Many of the pieces of artwork are professionally framed and offered for sale at our annual reception and art show. The art therapy class encourages mastery and creativity, provides encouragement and support, and increases the clients' sense of self worth.





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Evidence of Program's Success

Some of the greatest signs of success for the Art Therapy program for our stroke survivors are evident in improved self-esteem, and in pride generated by improving art skills. There is a sense of self-worth as paintings are sold and the proceeds used to further the operation of the Rocky Mountain Stroke Center. A stroke can cause a sense of worthlessness because so many skills have been lost. Being able to contribute meaningfully to an organization is a giant step away from feeling like a burden to one's family and society.

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