The Next Step Program is aimed at maintaining and improving health, wellness, and participation for individuals who have moved beyond their stroke and wish to take their next steps in life. Health professionals develop targeted activities within four primary areas: Communication, Health Behaviors, Communication, Life After Stroke, and Physical Fitness to address participants goals.
Communication: Communication difficulties are often encountered following a stroke. Communication activities provide an opportunity for individuals to improve speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills while having a normal conversation.
Health Behaviors: A key element of maintaining health is incorporating healthy habits into our lives. Through Health Behaviors activities individuals are provided with the skills and information about stress management, remaining safe at home and in the community, dealing with change, and incorporating healthy food choices.
Life After Stroke: Following a stroke individuals may have difficulties thinking or using their arms and legs and must learn a new way to do daily activities. Life After Stroke activities focus on providing skills, strategies, and technology to deal with these changes. Additionally, this program supplies opportunities for individuals to be productive and active members of their community as they take their next steps in life.
Physical Fitness: Physical fitness is important to maintaining health especially after a stroke. Physical Fitness activities give individuals the opportunity to increase physical fitness and prevent future strokes. Participants perform exercises that target the upper and lower body, improve balance, and improve endurance all within a monitored and safe environment.