The goal of Burke's intensive brain injury program is to return you to the most active and productive lifestyle possible, following a traumatic or acquired brain injury. We serve adolescent through elderly patients with diagnoses such as brain tumor, meningitis, skull fracture, cerebral contusion, encephalitis, intra-cerebral or subarachnoid hemorrhage, and brain abscess.
Within a safe, secure and structured environment, you will receive intensive rehabilitation five to six times a week. Rehabilitation nursing and access to a physician are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The interdisciplinary rehabilitation team consists of you and your family or caregiver, and medical, nursing and other rehabilitation specialists. Under the direction of Justin Hill, M.D., a neurologist, the professionals on the team will assess your medical and rehabilitation needs and work with you to establish your individual goals. In close collaboration, the team designs and implements your treatment program.
Throughout your treatment, the entire team meets formally once per week to discuss your progress. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend and participate in treatment sessions and patient care as appropriate. A series of educational lectures and discussions for families and other caregivers on various topics related to brain injury is conducted by team members once a week.
Scope of Services
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation team is committed to:
- Providing comprehensive, patient-focused rehabilitation through an interdisciplinary approach based on communication, collaboration and cooperation.
- Maximizing recovery from the physical, cognitive, and psychological impairments caused by traumatic and acquired brain injuries.
- Removing or lessening restrictions to participation in life activities and providing counseling on alternative possibilities for life participation as necessary.
- Preparing the individual and family or caregiver for transition to the next stage of the rehabilitation process.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team Description
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program philosophy is that comprehensive rehabilitation is best achieved through an interdisciplinary team approach. The core team consists of:
The multi-disciplinary team is lead by Dr. Justin Hill, M.D., who is responsible for directing the medical care of the individual and monitoring the overall team process and outcome. At Burke, a physician is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Medical consultations (Podiatry, Urology, Plastics, ENT, Dermatology, etc.) are available to address all patient needs while at Burke.
Ongoing education of the individual with a brain injury and the family and/or caregiver is essential in order to maximize recovery from the physical, cognitive and psychological impairments caused by brain injury and effectively prepare the individual and family and/or caregiver for the transition to the next stage in the rehabilitation process.
Individuals with a brain injury will receive ongoing education from each discipline throughout his/her stay in order to maximize achievement of each individual’s goals. Family members and/or caregivers are encouraged to attend and participate in treatment sessions and patient care activities as appropriate. Providing education and training for the family and/or caregivers is an essential component of the patient’s rehabilitation stay and provides an opportunity to successfully transition the patient to the next phase of rehabilitation.
A series of educational lectures and discussions for families and other caregivers on various topics related to brain injury is provided by team members every Tuesday at 4 pm.
Located in White Plains, New York, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program attracts brain-injury patients from Westchester County, New York City, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut. Burke also welcomes brain-injury patients from across the country and around the world.
Additional services available to meet individual patient needs include:
- Brain injury support groups for patients and families
- Complementary Therapy
- Laboratory Services
- Medical Consultations (Podiatry, Urology, Plastics, ENT, Dermatology, etc.)
- Pastoral Care
- Technology: RTI FES Bike, Bioness, WalkAide, LiteGait, Saebo.