Neurological Rehabilitation Program Description
The goal of Burke Rehabilitation’s Neurological Rehabilitation Program is to help you achieve the highest level of independence possible as you recover from impairments caused by a neurological condition. We serve adolescent through elderly patients, with diagnoses such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, Guillian-Barre syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis and peripheral nervous system disease.
Within a safe, secure and structured environment, you will receive intensive therapy 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. Led by Vincent Huang, M.D., 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. Dr. Huang monitors the overall team process and outcome.
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 neurological conditions is conducted by team members once a week.
Cultural and religious needs are respected for each patient by the entire team. Accommodations to the patient’s schedule, dietary needs and requests, and the provision of appropriate equipment are provided to enhance the patient’s experience and support full participation in the rehabilitation program. All staff members participate in annual cultural diversity and sensitivity training.
Scope of Services
Burke’s Neurological 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 neurological conditions.
- 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.
Patients may be candidates for admission for rehabilitation if:
- They have residual deficits such as weakness, incoordination, spasticity, dysphasia, dysarthria, sensory loss, perceptual problems, bowel and bladder problems, or significant functional impairment preventing them from transfers, ADL, current employment, or homemaking.
- There has been incomplete or no rehabilitation in the past
- There is a recent episode of the chronic disease which has lowered functional capacity
- There is new technology available to provide further restorative function which was not available during the patient’s previous rehabilitation course
- There are bladder problems needing periodic reevaluation and other persistent neurological deficits which may require reevaluation and/or treatment by a interdisciplinary team
Neurological Rehabilitation Team Description
The Neurological Rehabilitation Program philosophy is that comprehensive rehabilitation can best be accomplished through an interdisciplinary team approach. The core team consists of:
As the leader of the multi-disciplinary team, Dr. Huang 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.
Patient and Family/Caregiver
Ongoing education of the individual with a neurological condition 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 neurological condition will receive ongoing education from each discipline throughout his/her stay in order to maximize achievement of each individual’s goals. Much education focuses on the fact that, for many patients, their injuries and resulting conditions are life-changing and lifelong. Coping, resources, and the need for lifelong follow up to deal with changing needs are provided.
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.
Located in White Plains, New York, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's neurological condition Rehabilitation Program attracts patients from Westchester County, New York City, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut. Burke also welcomes patients from across the country and around the world who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and other nervous system diseases.
Additional services available to meet individual patient needs include:
- Complementary Therapy
- Laboratory Services
- Medical Consultations (Podiatry, Urology, Plastics, ENT, Dermatology, etc.)
- Orthotic Services
- Pastoral Care
- Peer Support
- Technology: RTI FES Bike, Bioness, WalkAide, Litegait, SAEBO.