Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
Certified by New York State, our comprehensive Brain Injury program provides treatment for people with brain injuries. Our 20-bed inpatient skilled-nursing unit is designed, equipped and staffed specifically for the unique needs of people who have sustained brain injury. Through an interdisciplinary team approach, a highly-focused plan of care is developed for each individual. In every instance, the goal is to restore the individual in our care to the highest possible level of independence.
A comprehensive approach for a complex condition
Since we know traumatic brain injury often results in a complex and broad range of impairments, we also know it demands an equally comprehensive approach to rehabilitation.
Problems identified, treatments designed
Each person admitted to the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program receives a clinical evaluation of medical, physical, cognitive and psychosocial issues, and a tailor-made treatment program is designed by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation team. We believe the individuals in our care and their families are the most important members of the team, and encourage them all to help create and implement treatment approaches and goals. The areas most commonly addressed by our team include:
- Medical care needs – Physician and nursing care, nutritional needs and medication
- Physical impairments – Sensory-motor deficits, such as impaired muscle control, decreased strength and stamina and balance problems
- Psychosocial issues – Emotional or behavioral problems may interfere with rehabilitation, social functioning or overall adjustment
- Speech and language issues – Including speech impairments, swallowing problems, and underlying thinking skills
- Cognitive impairments – Including decreases in basic orientation, memory, attention, problem solving, judgment and safety awareness
- Speech/Language impairments – Includin word finding and communication strategies
Restoring daily activities/living skills
Our goal is to help individuals re-establish self sufficiency as quickly as possible, in as many areas as possible. Our therapeutic programs focus on improving each person’s ability to perform the most important daily activities needed to return home. Areas of day-to-day living include:
- Self-care skills – Dressing and grooming, eating, bathing and medications
- Home-based skills – Cooking, laundry, cleaning and money management
- Community-based activities – Shopping, accessing public transportation, school or work, leisure activities and driving
- Vocational Rehabilitation – An assessment of how the individual may fit back into the work world. Includes testing, counseling and advocacy
St. Camillus Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program Team
At St. Camillus, caring is a team effort. The involvement of each member is vital to success. And although we are often defined by the services we provide, our staff is known to the individuals in our care by otheir first names, and by the concern with which we approach each situation. The following is a list of team members, and what services they provide:
Working as a coordinator of services and activities for the entire team – including the individual in our care and family – the case manager handles a wide array of logistical details, including coordinating preparations for discharge. The case manager is an invaluable source of information and support for families during and after the individual’s course of rehabilitation.
This team member evaluates and monitors each individual’s nutritional status. Working closely with the attending physician and nurses, the dietitian formulates a program to meet each person’s specific nutritional needs, including tube feedings and specialized diets.
The role of this team member is evaluation of the cognitive status of a brain-injured individual, and assistance in developing treatment approaches to any problems. The neuropsychologist formulates behavior management programs and other interventions for issues of behavior or emotional adjustment.
The occupational therapist guides individuals in developing skills which enable them to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives. These skills may include dressing, feeding, personal care, balance, mobility skills, endurance and sensory awareness.
This is the attending physician whose specialty is physical medicine and rehabilitation. The physiatrist directs the medical care of the person with brain injury with the goal of medical stability and general good health. The physiatrist also creates and guides an individual’s rehabilitation program with therapy team members to develop and implement optimal rehabilitative services.
Helping each person in our care maximize physical independence through a regimen of diverse physical modalities and exercises is the work of the physical therapist. Balance, coordination, flexibility, strength and endurance are addressed to improve functional mobility whether the person is in bed, in a wheelchair or walking.
Providing recreation resources and opportunities to maximize functioning is the work of the recreation therapist. By addressing factors limiting independence, the therapist will assess the need for adaptive recreation equipment. New or modified leisure interests may be explored to fit each person’s abilities and interests.
This team member helps bring each person in our care to an understanding and acknowledgment of disability. Support and counseling is also provided to family members. Vocational assessment and other work-related services may be provided to those individuals who have set a goal of returning to work.
Compassionate and skilled nursing care is offered by the rehabilitation nurse. The wellness and safety of each person in our care are a top priority of this team member. Along with providing for basic medical needs and administering medications, our nursing team works with the therapy staff to teach dressing, grooming and other self-care skills.
It is the challenge of this professional to identify and develop the most efficient means of communication for each individual. Speech/language pathologists address impairments in speech and language, as well as underlying thinking skills. They may also evaluate and treat swallowing problems.
Family Involvement and Services
At St. Camillus, we believe the family of an individual with traumatic brain injury can be his or her single most valuable long-term resource on the road to recovery. The Brain Injury Program Team recognizes the significance of the family in its efforts to provide quality rehabilitation. Family members are included to their fullest capacity in all aspects of care and planning. Caregivers are also provided all the tools, services and support necessary to help them become part of each treatment team.
For more information, please call Admissions at 315-488-1500.