Moving Forward After Traumatic Brain Injury

By Sophia Kroon

Returning to daily life as usual after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can seem daunting.  Many TBI patients believe every facet of their life will be different.  However, this does not have to be the case, as brain injury rehabilitation can help make this seemingly scary recovery an easy transition.

Brain injury rehabilitation helps you regain abilities that have been lost due to TBI.  This rehabilitation helps patients learn to live again --- to be as independent as possible, to live with changes caused by TBI, and to readjust to home, family, and community.

Rehabilitation efforts should begin as early in the recovery process as possible – as soon as the patient’s condition is stable enough and doctors have taken all necessary preventative measures against further complications.  Patients that begin rehabilitation quicker are more likely to regain lost abilities and functions.

The rehabilitation team is composed of several types of therapists.  They include physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, recreational therapists, case managers/social workers, neuro/clinical psychologists, and nutritional counselors.  In addition to this team, the patient, family, and caregivers are the most important elements to a successful recovery.

This interdisciplinary team will work with the patient in the two main stages of brain injury rehabilitation.  The primary goal is to restore all functions that can be restored to pre-injury level.  If functions exist that cannot be restored to pre-injury level, therapists will focus their efforts on helping patients learn to do things differently.

Kindred offers this specialized inpatient rehabilitation program and is committed to helping each patient make progress and recover.  Personalized treatment plans are developed for each patient, with family and caregivers in mind, intended for the best recovery possible.  It is our goal to help you regain independence and transition back to regular life!