Welcome to Gaylord

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery.

Gaylord is widely recognized for its leadership in treating patients with a spinal cord injury, brain injury, or stroke and those requiring pulmonary, cardiac, or complex medical care, as well as sports-related injuries. Gaylord is CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited for all inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs and has specialty accreditation for its spinal cord, stroke, and brain injury programs. Gaylord is one of two long-term acute care hospitals in the world, and the only one of its kind in the U.S., with this unique level of CARF accreditation.

The system is anchored by Gaylord Hospital and includes Gaylord Outpatient Services and Gaylord Physical Therapy. Together, these entities deliver a complete continuum of rehab care driven by technology, research, clinical experience, and compassion.

Retired Hamden Firefighter Hopes to Inspire Others as He Recovers From Stroke

Retired Hamden Firefighter Hopes to Inspire Others as He Recovers From Stroke

NBC Connecticut News
By Michael Fuller
March 28, 2023

A retired Hamden firefighter is on the mend after suffering a stroke and now he hopes to use his story to inspire anyone else who is going through a challenging time.

NBC Connecticut first met Paul Turner in January when the House of Heroes organization and Hamden Fire Department came together to build a ramp outside of his home after he suffered a terrible medical scare.

Months later, we met back up with the 21-year veteran to discuss his road to rehabilitation and his message for anyone facing dark days.

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Aaron Sorkin Had Stroke at 61: What are the Symptoms and Risk Factors

By John Loeppky
March 24, 2023

This week, renowned playwright and producer Aaron Sorkin revealed that he had a stroke late last year.

In an article from the New York Times, Sorkin has shared that his sense of identity, his own perception of his health, and his approach to life have all been affected—alongside the initial slurring of speech and physical barriers that affected him during his recovery.

“There was a minute when I was concerned that I was never going to be able to write again,” he told the New York Times.

While Sorkin may be a high-profile example of a stroke survivor, the number of people having a stroke equates to one every 40 seconds in the US, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and PreventionTrusted Source

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What is the difference in treating young and elderly stroke cases?

Stroke Rehab Times
March 13, 2023

Here, in the final part of our three-part series on young stroke survivor Garrett Mendez, Dr Alyse Sicklick shares with SR Times her experience of treating  younger stroke patients.

SRT: What are the key elements that elevate a younger person’s risk of stroke?
AS: “Many of the risk factors that can affect an older person’s stroke risk – high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiac abnormalities, smoking, and drinking – can be major risk factors in younger people as well. There are many additional lifestyle and hereditary causes that can affect a younger person’s stroke risk, including connective tissue diseases, coagulation abnormalities, and even illicit drug usage.”

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