Selecting an Inpatient Facility for Brain Injury Rehabilitation
An accident or illness that results in a brain injury can be devastating, leaving you and your family with many stressful considerations. Choosing a rehabilitation facility is one of the most important choices you will have to make since the provider has a significant impact on recovery. Look for a rehabilitation facility that meets the following qualifications:
Staffed by clinicians who specialize in brain injuries. Seek out facilities, like Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, that employ physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians who have completed a fellowship or other special training in brain injury. This special training familiarizes physicians leading-edge therapies, treatment methods and medications.
Good Shepherd has the region’s largest number of staff certified as brain injury specialists (CBIS) and the largest number of nurses certified in rehabilitation nursing (CRRN).
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for brain injury specialized rehabilitation. An independent accreditor of health and human service providers, CARF surveys rehabilitation facilities to determine whether they meet standards of service and business practices. Good Shepherd is fully accredited.
Provides cognitive and behavior therapy. Look for a facility offering specialized therapy to help patients regain cognitive function and learn how to cope with mood and other behavioral changes caused by the injury. The Good Shepherd cognitive therapy program focuses on:
- Long-term and short-term memory
- Problem solving
- Mental organization
Good Shepherd employs neuropsychologists, physicians, therapists and other health-care providers who help patients and families understand how the brain injury affects thinking and behavior.
Offers advanced treatment methods. Ask whether the program uses advance treatment methods such as robotics. Good Shepherd’s inpatient brain injury rehabilitation program uses these methods, as well as cognitively based programs for the Wii and iPad.
Prepares the patient and family for the return home: From the time patients arrive, staff work with the patient and family to allow for a smooth transition home.
Because the average stay for brain injury patients in a rehabilitation facility is two weeks, another important consideration is patient and family comfort. Good Shepherd is known for its home-like setting, where patients feel relaxed and are treated warmly.