Brain Injuries

Our Brain Injury rehab offers comprehensive care to address physical dysfunction, cognitive impairments, and behavioral issues. Our therapists have specialized skills and training designed to help them recognize the unique needs of brain-injured individuals and provide consistent and structured rehabilitation.

Our facility offers an electronically secured and video-monitored rehabilitation unit to provide our patients with a secure and safe environment. The unit is equipped with a low-stimulation dayroom  to allow individuals to receive three hours of therapy, five days a week.

To help patients regain the most function possible after a brain injury, our therapists work with each patient on an individual basis. They implement a therapy plan designed to maximize potential and complement medical interventions by adhering to an interdisciplinary team approach to care. 

Loss of Function and Common Problems

The loss of function following a brain injury is different for every person.  Loss of function is mainly due to:

  • The parts of the brain injured
  • How much of the brain tissue was damaged
  • How much bleeding and swelling occurred from the injury
  • Age
  • Other medical conditions
  • History of a prior brain injury
  • Loss of consciousness

When a brain injury occurs, the functions of the neurons, nerve tracts, or sections of the brain can be affected. If the neurons and nerve tracts are affected, they can be unable or have difficulty carrying the messages that tell the brain what to do. This can change the way a person thinks, acts, feels, and moves the body. Brain injury can also change the complex internal functions of the body; such as, regulating body temperature, blood pressure, bowel and bladder control. These changes can be temporary or permanent. A brain injury may cause impairment or a complete inability to perform a function.

Injuries of the left side of the brain can cause:

  • Difficulties in understanding language (receptive language)
  • Difficulties in speaking or verbal output (expressive language)
  • Catastrophic reactions (depression, anxiety)
  • Verbal memory deficits
  • Impaired logic
  • Sequencing difficulties
  • Decreased control over right-side body movements

Injuries of the right side of the brain can cause:

  • Visual-spatial impairment
  • Visual memory deficits
  • Left neglect (inattention to the left side of the body)
  • Decreased awareness of deficits
  • Altered creativity and music perception
  • Loss of “the big picture” type of thinking
  • Decreased control over left-sided body movements

Diffuse Brain Injury (Injuries are scattered throughout both sides of the brain) can cause:

  • Reduced thinking speed
  • Confusion
  • Reduced attention and concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired cognitive (thinking) skills in all areas

Just as no two people are alike, no two brain injuries are alike. Treatment and rehabilitation vary from individual to individual. Our therapists are experts in providing individualized, specialized and advanced brain injury rehabilitation.

Rehab in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital 

Rehabilitation involves multiple medical team members, including physical medicine rehabilitation, physiatrists, rehabilitation nurses, social workers, case managers, and physical, occupational, and speech therapists. 

Therapy may include: 

  • Physical therapy to work on sitting, balancing, walking and transfers 
  • Occupational therapy to work on dressing, feeding, bathing and other self-care skills 
  • Speech therapy to work on swallowing, diet recommendations, speech, memory and self-awareness 

We use standardized improvement measures to track our patient outcomes and ensure that we are providing competitive services that are best suited to assist our patients in making the most gain possible during their therapy. These measures include length of stay, discharge destination and return to acute care. 

Caregiver Support 

Family caregivers and friends are critical in the recovery from a brain injury. Family and friends, as well as the brain injury survivor, should be the primary members of the rehabilitation team. Providing care for a person with a brain injury can be a very stressful and frustrating time. It is critical for caregivers to remember to pay attention to their own personal needs in addition to those of the brain injury survivor. 

Social workers or any member of the rehabilitation team can offer support to the brain injury survivor’s caregivers, and this is an important component of our rehabilitation program. Team members are prepared to provide family members with information and/or additional resources throughout the rehabilitation process. 

Family education about prognosis, how to help a loved one, and how caregivers can get help for themselves is critically important to us.