Stroke Residential Program

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Stroke Residential Program

Our Approach to Care

Gaylord’s Stroke Residential Program can provide a vital link in transitioning back to independent life. Program participants live in the Louis D. Traurig House, Connecticut’s only transitional living center for patients with a stroke. Traurig House offers an intimate, home-like setting for up to 8 residents for a 4 to 6 week course of treatment. Traurig House is located on the Gaylord Hospital campus, which allows residents access to the individualized outpatient therapies needed to successfully transition from hospital to home.

Our unique program helps patients acquire the communication, cognitive and mobility skills they'll need to enjoy an independent life and successfully re-enter their communities. 

Download our Brain Injury/Stroke Residential Program brochure.

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Traurig House Patio

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Traurig House Dining Room

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Traurig House Living Room

Typical Day

The Traurig Residential Center is the only transitional living center for patients with a stroke in Connecticut. Traurig is an 8-bed, co-ed facility located on the campus of Gaylord Hospital. Patients who participate in the Stroke Residential Program have completed their inpatient rehabilitation but are not quite ready to go home because of language, physical or cognitive problems. Our program provides the intensive rehabilitation to help patients transition from hospital to home.

Program Overview

The Stroke Residential Program provides patients with a stroke with intensive rehabilitation in order to return home and to the community. The program is housed in the homelike setting of Traurig Residential Center an 8-bed, co-ed facility located on the grounds of Gaylord Hospital. Individual and small group therapy is provided to each resident based on his or her needs. Patients can be referred from any acute care hospital or Gaylord Hospital. Average stay is 44 days and the program can accept patients as young as 14. We encourage the patient's family to be as involved as possible.

A Family's Story

The Stroke Residential Program provides intensive rehabilitation for patients with a stroke. Residents can referred from any acute care facility and are generally referred by a care manager at the acute care hospital who is responsible for discharge planning. The Ciarlo family shares why they chose to have their son Thomas come to Traurig House as a transtional step between the hospital and home. Thomas spent 8 weeks in Taurig House giving him the opportunity to receive therapy and to practice skills to improve his independence.  Our staff work closely with the patient and family each step along the way. 

A Patient's Story 

Arthur had a motorcycle accident and suffered a fractured skull and brain injury as well as neurological damage on his left side. He spent several weeks in our inpatient setting. His next step of recovery was as a resident of Trauig House, where he could practice skills to assist him in his transition home. "I realized I still had a long way to go with my cognitive and fine motor skills. Had I gone straight home I would have added a lot of stress to my family and friends if they had tried to help me overcome some of these issues." 



Frequently Asked Questions 

To be considered for the Stroke Residential Program, you should …

  • Have been diagnosed with an acquired brain injury (traumatic brain injury, stroke, aneurysm, or other neurological diagnosis) and be medically stable
  • Have the ability to communicate your basic needs (using verbal expression, written communication, gesturing, a communication device, or some other means)
  • Be ambulatory (or be able to maneuver a wheelchair as a primary means of mobility) at the time of your transition (transfers or ambulation should be executed with minimal or no assistance from staff)
  • Have no current substance abuse issues (a prior history of chemical dependency will require education and support programs to address your issues)
  • Demonstrate respectful behavior
  • Have the financial resources to pay for the program (through health care insurance or other means)
  • Be able to benefit from a structured environment (to maximize your independence and work towards a specific discharge plan)

All you need to bring with you are comfortable clothing and shoes. Personal toiletries and linens are provided. A washer and dryer are available at the House for resident use.

You’ll be provided with an individual schedule of all your therapies. Through Gaylord Outpatient Services, a Traurig House staff member will be available to escort you to and from your on-campus therapy sessions.

Yes, there are three television sets in the House. One is located in the family room, and there are two other TVs in the smaller lounges at each end of the House. You’re welcome to watch TV whenever you have free time. You may also choose to watch movies from our collection of DVDs.

Yes, you will participate in online educational programs while you stay at Traurig House. You can also have access to the computer and Internet when you’re not at therapy. Free wireless access is available, if you wish to bring your own laptop.

Yes, when you’re enrolled in Gaylord’s Stroke Residential Program, a weekly out-trip is included as part of your therapy schedule. You, the other residents, and the House staff will work together to plan evening activities, which can include traveling into the community to watch a movie or going to the mall.

Yes, weekend trial visits are encouraged and beneficial to allow residents and families the opportunity to make the transition back home successful.

You should discuss your particular insurance coverage with your care coordinator/discharge planner, or insurance case manager, to determine if you’re eligible to participate under your benefit plan.


Stroke Residential Program/ Traurig House Care Manager: (203) 741-3488 

Traurig Fax: (203) 294-8766