National Rehabilitation Center
National Rehabilitation Center

Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centers

A traumatic brain injury affects about everything you do. It affects the way you walk, the way you talk, and the way you think. To restore your life how it was before you were injured takes time and many treatments. Brain injury rehabilitation is that combination of treatments that you need to recover as much as possible.

Rehabilitation programs are delivered from many settings and locations:

These include:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Residential Clinics
  • Outpatient Services

These delivery systems have one thing in common. They all are multi-dimensional. They all have a variety of health care providers from several health disciplines.

The Treatment Continuum

The brain injury treatment continuum provides an orderly progression of the treatment of TBI. The actual progression of a patient through this treatment continuum is never orderly. Patients enter and exit points on the continuum in many ways. Treatment may be continuous, intermittent, and throughout an individual’s life.

Brain injury rehabilitation begins after emergency treatment and after the early phases of treatment. Every patient requires a different type and set of treatments, rehabilitation depends on the needs of the injured individual.

Types of Rehabilitation

Types of rehabilitation include:

  1. An intensive care unit
  2. Acute rehabilitation
  3. Post-acute rehabilitation
  4. Subacute rehabilitation
  5. Outpatient therapy
  6. Home health services
  7. Independent living programs

Post-Acute Rehabilitation

The goal of post acute rehabilitation is to help the patient regain independent levels of functioning. Rehabilitation channels the body’s own healing abilities and brain relearning so an individual can recover as much as possible. Rehabilitation helps the patient learn new ways to do things to compensate for permanently damaged abilities. Much is still unknown about the brain, and treatment technologies and methods are rapidly advancing as learn more.

Subacute Rehabilitation

Some patients cannot tolerate intensive therapy. Those patients may be transferred to a subacute rehabilitation facility. Programs there are designed for people with brain injuries who need less intensive levels of services. These services may last for a longer time frame but at a slower pace.

Subacute programs can be for people who have made progress in an acute rehabilitation setting. They are still progressing but not as rapidly. Subacute rehabilitation is provided in the various types of rehabilitation centers available.

Outpatient Therapy

Outpatient therapies can help patients maintain or enhance their recovery. These therapies often follow acute, post acute, and subacute rehabilitation. Patients whose injuries were not bad enough for hospitalization may use outpatient therapies immediately.

Home Health Services

Some hospital rehabilitation centers and companies provide services at the home of a person with a brain injury.

Community Reentry Programs

Community reentry programs focus on developing higher levels of skills including social, cognitive skills, and motor skills. The goal is to return the person to independent living. Safe living is a key focus of these community reentry programs.

Independent Living Programs

A primary goal of brain injury rehabilitation is for patients to regain the ability to live independently. Independent living programs will have different levels for the needs of people who need more help and therapies as well as for those who don’t.

Healthcare Professionals

There are several healthcare disciplines which make up traumatic brain injury rehabilitation programs.

Those professionals include:

Treating individuals with traumatic brain injuries is a complicated and often long-term process. Some individuals may need rehabilitation therapies for the rest of their lives.

If you want more information about traumatic brain injuries, especially legal issues, contact us. Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP. (504) 830-3838.