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What to expect during Post-acute Rehabilitation?

You might be hospitalized for several reasons, such as having an injury or illness, and a healthcare professional might have advised you to do post-acute rehabilitation before you are discharged from the hospital. This service is an additional therapy to ensure that you are recovering well from your injury or illness.

You want to choose a rehabilitation center which will be providing you with the care that you need. Your full recovery starts there and then.

 

Here is a list of what you should expect during your rehabilitation stay.

  • You will undergo a series of evaluations

On the initial phase of your treatment, you will need to undergo a series of evaluations with your doctor. The series of test may include physical, functional and cognitive assessments. These evaluations are necessary steps for creating a treatment therapy that will work for you best.

  • You will be working with highly trained health professionals

A group of highly skilled health professionals will guide you throughout the rehabilitation to make sure all of your needs are met. They will help you get your independence and overall well-being back. You will receive care from nurses, occupational therapist, physical therapist, social workers, dieticians, psychiatrists, and speech and language pathologists.

  • You will receive a combination of treatment therapies

Post-acute rehab is less intensive compared to acute rehabilitation. Most treatments depend on the care that your condition requires. They may include home health care, stay in facility, or outpatient therapy. They provide 2-3 hours therapy sessions such as:

  • Physical therapy

This therapy utilizes therapeutic exercises and physical modalities, such as a massage, heat treatment, exercise, electrotherapy, assistive devices, and patient education and therapy. The treatment aims to restore impaired movement and physical function.

  • Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy is a method used in helping people recuperate from physical and mental ailments. It enables patients to restore their function and independence.

  • Speech and language therapy

Speech and language therapy is a treatment, which helps people with communicating, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

  • Cognitive behavior therapy

It is a type of psychotherapy for people who are experiencing anxiety, depression and other physical and mental disorders. The process alters negative patterns and emotions by modifying them into positive ones.

Every progress you will have during your treatment program will be recorded to know if it’s time to initiate a discharge plan. The benefit of post-acute rehab is the ability to have support and guidance from healthcare professionals. Each specialist provides therapy that supports your overall treatment plan.

Post-acute rehabilitation is offered by  Neulife Rehab, who provide an environment that is conducive to people recovering from injuries and ailments.  With Neulife, rest assured as you will receive all the care you need to speed up your treatment journey.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

Is Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Really “Mild”?

What is Mild TBI?

A mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as the result of a forceful motion of the head or impact, causing a brief change in the mental status.

Mild TBI can be classified as mild if loss of consciousness, confusion and/or disorientation are shorter than 30 minutes. While using MRI and CAT scans is often normal, the individual will experience cognitive problems, such as, headache, difficulty thinking, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings and frustration.

Other names for mild TBI include: concussion, minor head trauma, minor TBI, minor brain injury, and minor head injury.

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Common Symptoms of Mild TBI

Mild TBI is the most prevalent type of TBI, but unfortunately it is often missed at the time of the initial injury. Post injury symptoms are often referred to as post concussive syndrome. 15% of people with mild TBI have symptoms that last one year or more. The symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Visual disturbances
  • Memory loss
  • Poor attention/concentration
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Dizziness/loss of balance
  • Irritability-emotional disturbances
  • Feelings of depression
  • Seizures

Problems with the diagnosis

The biggest problem with mild TBI is that these symptoms may not be recognised, or even present, at the time of the injury. In the beginning everything seems ok, a patient resumes daily activities as if nothing happened. Symptoms can appear as long as a week after the injury has been inflicted. They are often subtle and difficult to spot by the patient and the family – or even doctors

That’s why it is important to pay attention to any, even minor, changes in behaviour, thinking, or performing daily tasks at home or at work. If you observe them – seek medical help.  

The dangers of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Even though this type of TBI is called “mild”, the effects on the family and the injured person can be devastating. When an injured person gets  sent home from the hospital due to lack of symptoms, the person remains unaware of the basis for his or her altered ability to function later on. Sometimes the individual assures him- or herself that they are just fine and don’t require help. They wouldn’t even enter the healthcare system database, let alone use catastrophic rehabilitation programme.

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When Mild TBI Is No Longer “Mild”

Mild TBI symptoms are expected to disappear in the first days or weeks after sustaining an injury. The patients wait (while oftentimes suffering from  cognitive, physical, and emotional effects) in hope of getting better very soon. The problem is that some symptoms might not disappear by themselves. The consequences of a mild injury are often similar to those of moderate and severe injuries, if not treated.

Positive outcomes for patients with minor TBI are based on their knowledge about what can be expected in the days, weeks, and months following injury. As problems with functioning develop, the affected person needs to have access to help in learning how to compensate for deficits and how to obtain a catastrophic rehabilitation programmes – the sooner, the better.

The truth is – no-one can do this alone. Every patient deserves support from the best team of medical professionals to assist them throughout the process of catastrophic rehabilitation.

NeuLife Rehabilitation – brain injury facility, where miracles happen every day.

NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the largest residential post-acute rehabilitation facilities in the Southeast with specialized catastrophic rehabilitation programs for a wide range of catastrophic injuries.

Our programs are customized to meet the individual needs of each patient, and care plans are structured to promote the highest level of functional independence and successful community reintegration. Through the skills and experience of our highly trained team of clinical experts, we are able to treat a wide range of diagnoses and injuries at our brain injury center.

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If you have any more questions concerning catastrophic rehabilitation, or any other issue regarding traumatic brain injury (TBI), call us to make an appointment  today. You can also schedule a tour to visit our brain injury clinic.

Sources:

https://www.brainline.org/article/what-impact-will-mild-tbi-have-persons-life

http://headinjuryassoc.org/what-is-tbi/

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

NeuLife & Veterans Administration’s CHOICE Provider Search Tool

veterans - NeuLife & Veterans Administration’s CHOICE Provider Search ToolNeuLife Rehabilitation Services, LLC is proud to announce their active status in the Provider Referral Search Tool used in the Veterans Administration’s Choice Program (VCP).

NeuLife has been activated in the Provider Referral Search tool, used in the Veterans Administration’s VA CHOICE Program, when veterans are referred to commercial network providers. VCP provides eligible Veterans with access to care through a comprehensive network of commercial providers for specialty inpatient and outpatient healthcare services.

“As a veteran, myself, it is NeuLife’ s distinct honor to serve those who have served our country in their time of need for quality rehabilitation for catastrophic injuries. Our doors are wide open for immediate access to all veterans requiring the services we provide,” said Robert J. Bunker, NeuLife Chairman and CEO.

VCP is essential for Veterans who face excessive wait times for healthcare services or for those who don’t have access to a VA Medical Center. As an active participating provider, NeuLife will extend its post acute rehab services to meet the needs of Veterans who have incurred catastrophic injuries.

About NeuLife Rehabilitation Services
NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the largest residential post-acute inpatient rehabilitation programs of its kind specializing in catastrophic rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and other complex injuries. NeuLife is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Programs include inpatient general and neurological rehabilitation, behavioral/cognitive therapy, community reintegration and Supported Living.

For additional information, please visit www.NeuLifeRehab.com or call us at 1-800-626-3876.

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Collaborative Approach: Technology & Treatment Protocol at NeuLife

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Functional outcomes remain at the core of virtually all rehabilitation programs. In the last decade the focus of rehabilitative care has shifted toward quality of life with programs designed to help patients regain the skills necessary to achieve the highest quality of life possible.

NeuLife Rehabilitation, a residential post-acute rehabilitation facility in Mount Dora, Florida, utilizes a treatment approach that may seem unconventional. However, their outcomes-driven therapies are continuously achieving results. The facility, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Brain Injury Specialty Programs and Residential Rehabilitation, believes its community-integrated treatment programs help it deliver care that is on the cutting edge of an evolution in neuro rehabilitation.

Planning is at the core of these processes. Before patients are admitted to the facility, a clinical nurse liaison performs a thorough pre-admission evaluation to gauge the level of treatment needed. Once admitted, a series of comprehensive patient evaluations are conducted and the patient’s medical history is reviewed by the interdisciplinary team of clinicians. The team then compiles the information to develop an individualized and multi-disciplinary treatment plan and establish goals for discharge.

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Jamie Birmingham PT, CWS, CLT, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Florida. Birmingham is Director of Rehabilitation Therapy Services at NeuLife Rehabilitation, Mount Dora, Fla. Prior to accepting that position Birmingham provided consulting services as an independent clinical consultant for various skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies for more than 10 years. She has more than 23 years of physical therapy and rehabilitation experience. Birmingham is board certified in Wound Management by the American Board of Wound Management and a certified Lymphedema Therapist through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Cedar Haven Rehabilitation Agency.

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NeuLife Rehabilitation Joins the Coventry Integrated Network

NeuLife Rehabilitation today announced that effective March 15, 2017 it will be participating in the Coventry Integrated Network for both inpatient and outpatient treatment. Worker’s compensation clients will now have improved access to NeuLife’s extraordinary specialized rehabilitation programs for catastrophic/complex injuries and illnesses such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, complex orthopedics, stroke and other debilitating conditions.

“This contract improves access to treatment for people in need of specialized rehabilitation in a therapeutic setting after suffering a catastrophic and debilitating injury or illness,” said Robert J. Bunker, Chairman and CEO of NeuLife Rehabilitation. “Through NeuLife’s expert care and programming, this contract opens doors to those in need and provides the opportunity to individuals and their caregivers to lead a productive and fulfilling life.”

“NeuLife is a place where miracles happen every day. This contract enables participating individuals and their caregivers to experience the benefits of NeuLife’s individualized treatment programs that empower them to achieve their full potential” said Lydia Hendrix, NeuLife’s COO. “Network participants can now reap the benefits of quality rehabilitative care in a therapeutic, residential setting.”

Coventry offers care and cost management solutions to employers, carriers and third party administrators including a nationwide network of preferred providers (both professional and facility) for individuals injured at work. NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the largest residential post-acute rehabilitation programs of its kind. NeuLife specializes in rehabilitation for a wide-range of catastrophic injuries and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Programs include inpatient general and neurological rehabilitation, behavioral/cognitive therapy, community reintegration and Supported Living.

About NeuLife Rehab

NeuLife is a Residential Post-Acute Care organization specializing in catastrophic rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and other complex diagnoses. Their program includes Physical, Occupational, Speech, Cognitive, Vocational, Counseling, Dietary, Behavioral Services and more. The NeuLife inpatient rehabilitation facility is situated on 43 beautiful acres in Mount Dora, Florida, and their spacious 60,000 square foot facility offers 54 private suites, each with separate living quarters. These special accommodations include features and amenities similar to those found in luxury hotels. For more information, visit www.NeuLifeRehab.com.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please email Lydia Hendrix.

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