Recovering full physical, mental and functional strength after a stroke, spine or brain injury, or brain cancer can be a significant challenge. The first few weeks after injury are critically important to recovery.
Our expert neurorehabilitation team helps make the most of this important timeframe. The team of physiatrists and therapists – including physical, occupational and speech therapists – helps you reclaim independence and return home following neurological injury.
While lifesaving care is the first critical step following neurological injuries like stroke, spine injury or traumatic brain injury, the recovery process is an ongoing one. It involves people and their physicians, but also caregivers and loved ones, and is a shared effort to help patients not only survive, but again thrive.
Neurorehabilitation services strive to promote your continued recovery, improving strength and functional cognitive abilities. The goal is to assist you in achieving the highest possible levels of capabilities and to enable a safe return home to the best possible quality of life.
Neurorehabilitation care may address a wide range of needs and often includes a focus on mastering daily tasks, such as eating, bathing, dressing and toileting; improving communications, such as speaking and reading; strength-building, muscle control, walking or other means of mobility; and family support and education.
Who can benefit
You may require neurorehabilitation care following stroke, spine injury or traumatic brain injury. You will benefit from our inpatient rehabilitation services if you:
- Have a medical condition that requires a doctor's attention daily
- Are medically stable to tolerate therapy
- Require 24-hour nursing care
- Show potential to re-enter and thrive in your community
We take an interdisciplinary, team approach to neurorehabilitation care. Our team includes clinicians whose collaborative approach ensures we address every facet of your needs for optimal recovery.
This strategy has helped us achieve discharge-to-community rates higher than average. Nationally, 75.6% of neurorehabilitation patients return to their communities. At our health system, that rate is 78.3%.
As an extension of the neurology and neurosurgery team, we deliver an important advantage. We provide consultations while patients are still hospitalized. Early involvement establishes rehabilitation specialists as part of the care process and prepares us to work toward your recovery goals.
Our team includes:
- Doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Nurses trained to address bowel and bladder function, skin integrity and pain
- A dedicated pharmacist to provide proper medication oversight
- Physical therapists who work to restore mobility, strength and endurance
- Occupational therapists who help patients relearn daily living skills
- Speech therapists who help patients improve communication, cognition and swallowing
- Activity therapists who provide therapeutic social and recreational activities incorporating patients' rehabilitation goals
- A neuropsychologist who identifies the effects of brain injury on cognition and mood
- Social workers and case managers who coordinate with the care team and assist with insurance questions as well as discharge and follow-up services
Another crucial factor for successful recovery is the involvement of family. We understand that support is a key component to positive outcomes. We are committed to training and educating family members on the issues and skills involved in becoming confident caregivers.
We strive to send you home as able to care for yourself as possible. But people often require help at home to continue recovery. Family members face new responsibilities in supporting loved ones after brain or spine injury. Each person has a unique discharge plan. What functions do you need to work on? What equipment and follow-up services will you need? From nutrition to wheelchair transfers to bathing support, we partner with you and your family to create a customized plan to continue home care with confidence.
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