As mentioned in our previous articles, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has a lot of repercussions. Depending on the severity of the injury, it can affect many areas of the patient’s life. Limited mobility, memory loss, behavioral changes – these are just some of the things that people who sustained TBI – and their families – have to deal with. Suddenly, life becomes very different. Activities that used to come easy, now become a big challenge. Walking, eating, even interacting with others can seem like a big task.
Behavioral changes are often part of the new reality, and that’s understandable. After all, our brain controls literally every single aspect of our body and mind. The fact that we can move, speak, think – it’s all thanks to that one organ. And when it suffers damage, things change, often very drastically. People who are affected by TBI face many difficulties that other people may not understand, or which they underestimate due to their lack of knowledge about TBI. It’s also difficult for people around the patient, that is: his or her friends and family. They often feel like they don’t know their loved one anymore. Who is that angry, impulsive, violent person? He used to be so gentle/quiet/loving, etc. ‘Used to’ meaning: before the accident. Unfortunately, people affected by TBI may see a character change; in fact, it’s very common that the person who used to be patient and understanding now becomes easily frustrated and can even display violent behavior. The biggest challenge that families face is to be patient and understand that it’s not the person’s will to behave like that. Their brain in simply taking over.
Taking care of a patient with TBI
Caring for a patient with TBI requires patience and understanding. It depends on the case, but in general, these patients require a lot of attention and care. A person who used to be fit and healthy may now find it impossible to perform everyday activities such as eating or going to the toilet. Although the patient’s family is always very much involved, it is impossible for them to care for their loved one on their own. That’s why a brain injury facility such as ours becomes a necessity. In here, patients get everything they need, from the necessary assistance to specific treatment, including physical and behavioral therapies, as they aim to regain as much of their independence as possible.
Integrating the patient back into the community
The importance of occupational therapy for patients with TBI cannot be emphasized enough. It is thanks to the rehabilitation process that patients have a chance of getting back to their normal life, or at the very least, becoming as independent as they can be in light of their injuries. Its goal is to also determine what the patient’s place is in the community. Will he or she be able to perform the same job as before the accident? And if not, what sort of job will they be capable of doing? Our rehabilitators work relentlessly to bring back as many skills as possible. Speech therapy, rehabilitation, physical therapy – these are just some of the components of treatment at our brain injury facility. Our goal is to integrate the patient back into the community.
Neuro Rehab in Florida – Community Integrated Rehabilitation
Our Community Integrated Rehabilitation program is a hallmark of our functional approach towards rehabilitation. We embrace the philosophy that each individual, regardless of disability, has the potential to live a meaningful life in their community. Significant emphasis is placed on facilitating community re-entry, with hands-on and real-life therapeutic opportunities to bridge rehabilitation with reality. Our Community Integrated Rehabilitation is designed to prepare the patient and family for a successful return home with the highest level of functional independence. We achieve this seamless transition through a combination of therapies, simulated activities and outings, education and training.
Community Integrated Rehabilitation Services include:
- Dedicated Functional Improvement Team (FIT)
- Therapeutic community outings via NeuLife accessible van
- Vocational resources & therapies
- Simulated activities of daily living
- Group therapies & activities for socialization
- Skill Building Trips
NeuLife is a Residential Post-Acute Rehab facility specializing in catastrophic rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and other complex injuries. Its program includes physical medicine and rehabilitation medical management, psychiatric and neuropsychological services, physical, occupational, speech and cognitive therapies, behavioral, dietary and vocational counseling and more. Beautifully situated on 43 acres in Mount Dora, Florida, its inpatient rehab facility comprises over 60,000 square feet and contains 54 private rooms or suites. If you would like more information about NeuLife Rehabilitation Services, please contact us.