Helping Patients Move Forward After Brain Injury

By Kindred Healthcare

Helping Patients Move Forward After Brain InjuryAn individualized care plan is critical when helping brain injury patients recover and return home. And it takes a team of specialists to tailor the rehabilitation plan so it addresses both the physical, cognitive, and emotional issues involved.

The brain injury program at Kindred’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals focuses on helping patients restore function and learn how to do things differently when functions can’t be restored to pre-injury levels. The program combines a multidisciplinary team with the technologies and tools specifically geared toward brain injuries.

In addition to physician specialists, Kindred’s brain injury team includes rehabilitation trained nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, clinical dietitians, neuropsychologists, orthotists, social workers and case managers. The therapists often have extensive training in areas such as Neuro-IFRAH, Neurodevelopmental technique, Vital Stim, and more.

Hoffner says that the one thing these healthcare professionals can count on is “facing a new challenge every day.” “It takes a special person to work with brain-injury patients,” she says. “There could be cognitive and behavioral issues that need to be taken into account when providing therapy.”

Kindred highlighted its specialized brain injury treatment program in recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month in March. The Centers for Disease Control also offered information on prevention of traumatic brain injuries.

Hoffner is proud of her facility’s staff and of the comprehensive brain injury rehabilitation program it offers. As part of the program, the staff may visit the patient’s home or workplace. “Home evaluations are time consuming, but extremely important; other healthcare organizations may not incorporate them into their treatment plans,” says Hoffner. She emphasizes, however, how critical these visits can be in helping make sure that patients return to a safe environment where they are able to cope with the activities of daily living.

Kindred’s brain injury team provides practical guidance for patients and their families for everything from how to safely get in and out of bed to cooking meals. They also make recommendations to prevent further injuries, which is especially important for the elderly, Hoffner says, because they may have depth perception or other medical issues that make them more prone to falls at home.

Combining the expertise of everyone on the team is what makes Kindred’s program so unique. “It’s individualized coordinated care,” Hoffner explains. “And everyone on the team is working toward the same goal to maximize independence.”

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By Kindred Healthcare