Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program Description
The mission of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) / Neurological Rehabilitation Program is to provide the most comprehensive, patient centered and effective rehabilitation to maximize recovery from physical, cognitive and psychological impairments caused by traumatic and acquired spinal cord dysfunction. Led by a specialized physician, the interdisciplinary team works collaboratively with the individual with the spinal cord 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 individual with the spinal cord/neurological injury, 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 this patient population. The medical and rehabilitation professionals on the team are responsible for assessing the spinal cord 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 spinal cord injury rehabilitation process.
Scope of Services
Burke’s Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) / Neurological Rehabilitation Program:
- Maximizes recovery from the physical, cognitive, and psychological impairments caused by spinal cord injury
- Providing the highest quality, patient focused rehabilitation
- Provides rehabilitation through an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes communication, collaboration and cooperation
- Focuses on the individual’s capabilities and use of compensatory strategies and devices to lessen activity limitations
- Removes or lessens restrictions to participation in life roles and situations to the extent possible, and counsels and educates individuals and families on alternative possibilities for life participation when necessary
- Prepares the individual with a spinal cord injury, family and/or caregiver to make the transition to the next stage of the rehabilitative process.
Burke’s intensive and comprehensive program focuses on maximizing each person’s ability to function, through personalized care and individually designed therapy programs. Preventing complications, improving self confidence, and optimizing adaptation and education, helps patients achieve the highest level of independence possible.
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.
Ongoing education of the individual with a spinal cord injury or neurological condition and the family and/or caregiver is essential in order to maximize recovery from the physical, cognitive and psychological impairments caused by the condition and effectively prepare the individual and family and/or caregiver for the transition to the next stage in the rehabilitation process.
Individuals with a spinal cord injury or 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. A monthly support group is held at Burke for people with spinal cord injuries.
Located in White Plains, New York, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program (SCI Rehab) attracts patients from Westchester County, New York City, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut. Burke also welcomes spinal cord injury patients from across the country and around the world.
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