How do I get started?
We want you to be sure that the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) is right for you. The first step is to come for a visit, sit in on a class or two and meet some of the stroke survivors. You will likely know after this visit if the ASF is where you want to be. You don’t need an appointment, but if you would like to call ahead please call 913-649-1776 to let us know that you are interested in visiting.
Once you’ve decided that you would like to become a participant we will schedule an intake interview. This interview lasts approximately one hour and we ask you questions about your health and physical and mental abilities following your stroke. The only information you need to bring to the intake interview is your doctor’s name and phone number, and names and phone numbers of people you would like us to contact in case of an emergency (these numbers are very important). After the intake interview, we will make a decision about your eligibility as well as determine whether a caregiver will be required to attend with you.
When can I start participating in the programs?
After your intake interview, if it is determined that you and the ASF are a good match, you may begin right away. On your first day be prepared to pay your first monthly payment.
Am I eligible to participate?
To participate in our programs all stroke survivors must be capable of monitoring and administering their medications, and be able to perform their own toileting and other core personal needs. If you are not independent in these areas of self care, a caregiver must attend with you. Also, if you have been told you have dementia or a progressive neurological condition, you are not eligible to participate.
To be eligible for the fitness program, you must have a signed physician’s release and meet the admission criteria. Some individuals are not eligible for the program because it may cause excessive stress, pain, unstable vital signs, or other medical conditions. Your resting blood pressure must be below 160/90mmHg or you will not be permitted to enroll in the program for your own safety.
Once we receive your physician’s approval you will be scheduled for a fitness assessment. You will then be assigned to a fitness class that best matches your needs and will be scheduled for two, one-hour sessions per week. There is an optional fitness day available on Friday at the Kansas location.
How much does it cost?
There is a monthly program fee of $65 for each participant. This allows participation in all classes and the fitness program, based on available appointments and eligibility.
Does Insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare cover any of the cost?
The American Stroke Foundation is a non-medical wellness facility and cannot bill insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.
What if I cannot afford to pay the program fee?
Special assistance is available for those who qualify. If you require financial aid you must complete a financial aid application and provide the correct documentation. Call us at 913-649-1776 for a financial aid application.
Does the American Stroke Foundation provide transportation?
The American Stroke Foundation does not provide transportation. Upon request, a list of transportation resources in the Kansas City area will be provided.