The Center for Stroke Rehabilitation

Recovering from a stroke can be one of the greatest challenges a person will ever face. However, research shows that early and specialized stroke rehabilitation can help to optimize an individual's physical and cognitive recovery and enhance quality of life.

At Kessler's Center for Stroke Rehabilitation, a team of neuro-rehabilitation specialists provides that early intervention with expertise and understanding to help individuals return home to family, work and community activities.


Our Approach

Studies indicate that where a stroke survivor goes for treatment can make all the difference in his or her recovery. Kessler, a specialized acute rehabilitation hospital, delivers a comprehensive program of medical, nursing and therapy care to successfully address the individual needs of each stroke patient. Our goal-directed approach to stroke rehabilitation tailors treatment to help patients:

  • restore physical function and enhance the skills needed to perform daily activities
  • build strength, improve balance and regain mobility
  • improve speech and swallowing
  • develop new cognitive and behavioral strategies to compensate for any deficits

Our Patients

Patient Stories


"Through this experience, Edna may have found a new direction in which to channel her considerable talent and energy..."

Meet More Kessler Patients

Kessler's Center for Stroke Rehabilitation treats individuals at any age … at any stage in their lives … and at any level of impairment. For those patients whose stroke rehabilitation needs are further complicated by other existing medical conditions and/or difficulties with arousal, confusion, debility or age-related factors, Kessler offers a unique Medically Complex Stroke Program (MCRSP).

Our Rehabilitation Team

Kessler's interdisciplinary team draws on the expertise and experience of stroke rehabilitation specialists, including:

  • Physicians who manage patients' complex medical needs around the clock
  • Rehabilitation nurses who deliver compassionate, evidence-based care to each patient
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists who involve patients in an intensive and comprehensive treatment program for a minimum of three hours a day
  • Psychologists and neuropsychologists who address cognitive, emotional or behavioral issues
  • Dietitians who oversee that nutritional needs are met
  • Case managers who carefully coordinate the individual's stay and discharge plans

Treatment, Technology & Research

Kessler, long recognized as a pioneer in medical rehabilitation, integrates the advanced treatment, proven therapies and leading-edge technologies that benefit patient recovery. The stroke rehabilitation team also continues to explore new avenues of treatment and engage in promising new research to benefit stroke survivors. Among the many advances available to appropriate patients are:

  • Videofluoroscopy and electrical stimulation to help diagnose and treat swallowing disorders
  • Body-Weight Supported Treadmill Training (BWST) to improve gait performance and mobility
  • Constraint induced therapy, Bioness® and SaeboFlex® devices to strengthen motor function
  • Robotic therapies to help build new neural pathways
  • Computer orthoptics and Dynavision® to address visual impairments
  • Advanced pharmacologic and therapeutic interventions to manage spasticity
  • Augmentative devices, like Lingraphica®, to improve communication and speech patterns

Specialized Services

As part of this dynamic stroke rehabilitation program, Kessler provides a wide range of specialized services including vocational counseling, orthotics services, assistive technologies, and advanced wheelchair, seating and mobility options. Kessler's renowned Driver Rehabilitation Program helps appropriate individuals develop the necessary skills to operate a vehicle and enjoy greater independence.

In addition, stroke support groups and educational programming gives patients and their families the opportunity to share information, discuss common concerns and learn from the experiences of others.

Continuum of Care

To help individuals successfully transition to life at home, at work and in the community, Kessler delivers an unparalleled continuum of inpatient through outpatient care. Patients who participate in our comprehensive outpatient stroke rehabilitation programs generally continue to reinforce the strengths and skills they have acquired.

Our Outcomes

Studies show that stroke survivors treated at an acute rehabilitation hospital like Kessler have a higher level of functional independence and are more likely to be discharged to home that those treated in other care settings. In fact, on average, Kessler’s stroke patients have greater improvement during their stay and a higher level of functional independence upon discharge, based on national benchmarks that measure criteria such as locomotion, cognitive ability and activities of daily living.

For More Information

For more information about Kessler's Stroke Rehabilitation Program, to arrange a tour or to discuss admissions, contact us or call Kessler's West Orange, Saddle Brook or Chester Campus.