Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program


Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program Description

The mission of Burke’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program is to provide the most comprehensive and effective rehabilitation to maximize your recovery from physical, cognitive and psychological impairments caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and acquired brain injuries. Led by a neurologist, the interdisciplinary team works collaboratively with you and your family and/or caregiver to facilitate achievement of the best possible physical and mental recovery. Intensive rehabilitation is provided in a safe, secure and structured environment to allow you to reach your full potential and return to an active, productive lifestyle.

Your rehabilitation team consists of the you and your family and/or caregivers, as well as medical, nursing and other rehabilitation personnel who, by virtue of their education and experience, are qualified to work with brain-injured individuals. The medical and rehabilitation professionals on the team are responsible for assessing your medical, behavioral and rehabilitation needs, establishing individualized goals in consultation with you and/or your family/caregiver, designing and implementing a treatment program, assessing its outcome, communicating with the team and preparing you and your family/caregiver for the next phase in the brain injury rehabilitation process. 


Scope of Services
The Brain Injury Team is committed to ensuring that each individual’s needs are addressed by:

  • Providing rehabilitation through an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes communication, collaboration and cooperation
  • Lessening limitations of activities by focusing on the individual’s capabilities and utilizing compensatory strategies and devices
  • Providing the highest quality, patient focused rehabilitation
  • Removing or lessening restrictions to participation in life situations to the extent possible
  • Providing counseling to the individual and family and/or caregiver on alternative possibilities for life participation when necessary
  • Preparing the individual, family and/or caregiver to make the transition to the next stage of the rehabilitation process

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program serves patient populations from adolescence through geriatric. Diagnoses of patients served include subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematoma, epidural hematoma, diffuse axonal injury, skull fracture, cerebral contusion, intracerebral hemorrhage, anoxic encephalopathy, brain tumor, meningitis, encephalitis, brain abscess and stroke.

Beginning on the day of admission and continuing throughout your stay, the Brain Injury Team works collaboratively to identify and address your unique needs. An assessment is conducted by the medical and rehabilitation professionals on your interdisciplinary team, including the physician, nurses, social worker/case manager, clinical neuropsychologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech-language therapist, recreation therapist and dietitian. Other professionals, such as an orthotist, may become part of the team as warranted. These professionals share the information obtained from the assessment via verbal communication and chart documentation so that each team member can understand your strengths, impairments, and limitations to activity, restrictions in participation, and the environmental and personal contextual factors that may influence treatment outcomes and plans for discharge.

Based on the results of the assessment, your goals are determined and a treatment plan is implemented. Throughout the treatment program, team consultation and collaboration occur, and your progress is discussed formally once per week at a team meeting. 

As a patient in any of Burke's inpatient programs, rehabilitation nursing and access to a physician are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Physical, occupational and speech therapy are offered seven days a week, and your schedule will be determined by your individual needs and goals.

Medical Management

The interdisciplinary Brain Injury Team is lead by Justin Hill, M.D., a neurologist who has experience caring for brain-injured patients. As the leader of the team, Dr. Hill is responsible for directing the medical care of the individual and monitoring the overall team process and outcome.  Medical consultations (Podiatry, Urology, Plastics, ENT, Dermatology, etc.) are available to address all patient needs while at Burke.

Patient and Family/Caregiver Education
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 and effectively prepare for the transition to the next stage in the rehabilitation process.

Patients in the Brain Injury Program will receive ongoing education from each discipline throughout their stay in order to maximize achievement of their 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 p.m. In addition, a monthly support group meets on the Burke campus for Traumatic Brain Injury survivors and caregivers.

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.

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