Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program Description
The mission of Burke Rehabilitation’s Brain Injury Program is to provide the most comprehensive and effective rehabilitation to maximize 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 the individual with the brain injury and the 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 the individual to reach his/her full potential and return to an active, productive lifestyle.
The rehabilitation team consists of the brain-injured individual, his or her family and/or caregivers, and 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 the brain-injured individual’s medical, behavioral and rehabilitation needs, establishing individualized goals in consultation with the individual and/or family/caregiver, designing and implementing a treatment program, assessing its outcome, communicating with the team and preparing the individual and family 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 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 the individual’s stay, the brain injury team works collaboratively to identify and address the needs of each patient. The interdisciplinary assessment of the brain-injured individuals is conducted by the medical and rehabilitation professionals on the individual’s team, including the physician, nurse, social worker/case manager, clinical neuropsychologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech-language therapist, recreation therapist and dietitian. Other professionals, such as the orthotist, 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 the brain-injured individual’s 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, goals are determined with the individual and/or family/caregiver(s) and a treatment plan is implemented. Team consultation and collaboration occur throughout the treatment program. The individual’s progress is discussed formally once per week at a team meeting. Family members and/or caregiver(s) 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.
Within a safe, secure and structured environment, each individual receives intensive therapy five to six times a week for a minimum of three hours. Rehabilitation nursing is provided 24/7 and a physician is always available.
The interdisciplinary team is lead by Dr. Justin Hill, MD, 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. 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 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 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 p.m.
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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