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What to Consider When Choosing a Residential Neurorehabilitation Center In The Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted many basic and essential services as cases continue to rise. It’s also raising concerns and anxieties as more restrictions are imposed to slow down the spread of the virus.

In these uncertain times, you could be in a dilemma about committing to a residential neurorehabilitation center. Should you go ahead and still seek treatment? Here are some things to think about in considering a facility in the time of COVID-19.

1. Does the facility have COVID-19 safety measures in place?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with compromised immune systems are most at risk for COVID-19. If you need neurorehabilitation then you’re likely suffering from pain, disorders, reduced bodily functions, and other conditions that have impaired your nervous system. 

By seeking rehabilitation then you can get the right treatment from a team of experts and medical professionals. At Neulife brain injury residential facilities, we are taking strict precautionary measures and following the coronavirus guidelines imposed by the CDC and the government to ensure the health and safety of everyone at the facility.

For everyone’s safety and peace of mind, we conduct daily screening on our staff and we do not allow anyone with symptoms to enter the facility.

2. Does the facility have protocols for sessions and visitations? 

During COVID-19, experts are recommending limiting social interaction and face-to-face meetings. At Neulife Rehab, we are restricting all visitation to our facility in light of the current health crisis. Our facility also complies with the mandate of the State of Florida, so we have canceled all tours and events temporarily.

3. Is housekeeping also COVID-19 ready?

Aside from social distancing practices and limiting social contact, our facility also performs stringent measures of disinfection and cleaning to avoid any form of contamination. All our staff and medical personnel strictly observe hand washing as well as necessary precautionary measures.

4. Is the facility responsive to the needs of patients?

The COVID-19 outbreak doesn’t change the need for neuro patients to undergo rehabilitation. After all, this is why our patients are here, to achieve full recovery. At Neulife Rehab, we make sure that we have available employees who will continue to provide patients with high-quality care. We make sure that our services remain accessible and available to patients who need them.

Where to find the best neuro rehab near me?

NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the largest brain injury residential facilities specializing in rehabilitation for a wide range of catastrophic injuries. We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Brain Injury Specialty Programs and Residential Rehabilitation.

We would like to inform you that NEULIFE REHABILITATION REMAINS OPEN AND DILIGENT THROUGH THE COVID-19 CRISIS. We remain open for business with the ability to admit those in need of ongoing Post-Acute Rehabilitation Services. Our first priority is the safety of our patients and valuable team members.

Our professional staff make sure that you and your family are being taken care of by the best specialists in the area. We encourage you to find out more about our facility and our programs. If you have any questions at all, we are here for you. Call us or make a referral using our easy to navigate and convenient online form. We are looking forward to helping you achieve your recovery goals.

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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 providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

Veteran’s Rehabilitation Program at NeuLife Rehabilitation

Military service may take a heavy toll on one’s body. The price that the heroic men and women of the U.S. military pay for their service can be extremely high. For this reason, NeuLife Rehabilitation proudly helps Veterans and their families overcome life-altering consequences of their patriotic service to our country. 

Neulife offers veterans rehabilitation at our brain injury residential facility. Whether your loved one suffers from PTSD, a TBI, or stroke, we can offer guidance and rehabilitation services to help them to reclaim their life. 

The goal of post-acute rehabilitation for veterans with brain injuries is to  improve not only your loved one’s health but also help prepare them for life at home, work, and within the community. With the help of a specialized rehabilitation team, an individualized road map to recovery will be developed. 

At Neulife we value the education of family members so they can better understand their loved one’s diagnosis. Family involvement is critical to the success of patients once they return home. Often veterans have unique rehabilitation needs dependent upon certain medical diagnoses.

The real cost of trauma

The advancement in medical technology has allowed many servicemen to survive severe injuries, but for many survival came at the cost of traumatic limb amputations and associated mental scarring, which, in itself may lead to devastating outcomes. 

Apart from disabling physical injuries, veterans experience mental health disorders, substance abuse-related disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) at disproportionate rates compared to their civilian counterparts. Every day, an average of twenty American veterans commit suicide. The numbers are staggering and young veterans aged 18–44 are most at risk, according to the National Institutes of Health

PTSD

Military personnel exposed to the traumatic events of combat, assault, serious injury, and ultimately the threat of death, may have to deal with the consequences of such exposure long after the distressing event has ended or the threat has been removed. 

Whether directly or indirectly witnessed, the experience is ingrained in the memory and often leads to traumatic event flashbacks, trouble sleeping, nightmares, anxiety, anger or susceptibility to alcohol and drug abuse. 

When these symptoms persist and have long-lasting negative effects on one’s life it could be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The rate of PTSD may be up to 15 times higher in active duty service members compared to civilians.

TBI

Center for Disease Control defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury. TBI in military personnel usually results from close contact with an explosion, often in the form of a significant blow to the head or body.

Symptoms vary and depend on the severity of TBI, but may include headaches, fatigue or drowsiness, slurred speech, memory problems, mood changes, and mood swings, unusual behavior, convulsions, and seizures – according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness

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The number of veterans returning from overseas with a brain injury has risen from 10,000 in 2000 to approximately 20,000 today. It is likely due to a combination of identification and increased incidence. As a result, there is an increased need for rehabilitation for veterans.

Stroke 

Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 1 out of every 18 deaths. 

A stroke is essentially an attack on an organ, similar to a heart attack, but on the brain. Blood supply to the brain is cut off usually due to a clot (ischemic stroke). The second type of stroke is a hemorrhagic stroke which causes bleeding in and around the brain. There are also transient ischemic strokes (TIA) which is a “mini-stroke” with symptoms that last less than 24 hours. 

Veterans with mental health conditions have a higher risk of stroke. Specifically, anxiety, depression, psychosis, and bipolar disorder pose an increased risk. 

Another study found young and middle-aged veterans with PTSD have an elevated risk of stroke. It is thought that exposure or memories of trauma increase inflammation in the body leading to an increased risk of clots leading to stroke. It is an area of growing public health concerns for veterans and other sufferers of PTSD.

Approximately 6,000 VA admissions are due to stroke and the costs are staggering:

  • $111 million for acute inpatient care
  • $75 million for post-acute inpatient care
  • $88 million for follow up care in the first six months

Based on this research, it is imperative for mental health to be considered when evaluating the risk of one or repeat strokes in veterans.

How Veteran’s Rehabilitation Programs at NeuLife works

The veteran’s administration recognizes the importance of stroke rehabilitation. Veterans qualify for assistance for post-acute rehabilitation. In order to qualify, they must have served 90 days in active duty during wartime and meet pension requirements. 

As a registered residential treatment facility through the VA Choice Program, and an organization managed and operated by many Veterans, our dedication to those who have served our country runs deep. Our plans for Veterans range from residential rehabilitation to tailored outpatient services. 

NeuLife’s residential rehabilitation provides personalized care to treat the difficult challenges of TBI and PTSD with the singular purpose of achieving the best possible outcome for the Veterans. Our post-acute rehab programs and care plans, guided by an interdisciplinary team of clinical experts, are structured to promote the highest level of functional independence and successful community re-integration. 

In addition to individualized treatments, we also work closely with relatives to address issues that may affect the family as a whole. We proudly accept referrals from the Veterans Administration (VA).

If your loved one is in need of a neurological rehabilitation center, Neulife can offer the guidance, support, and assistance you need. We offer a customized neuro rehabilitation program depending on specific patient needs. 

Programs are designed to optimize patient coordination, strength, movement, balance, muscle function, and overall wellness. The end goal of post-acute rehabilitation is for your loved one to regain functioning and independence, with improvement in overall quality of life. 

To learn more about post acute rehab and residential veterans rehabilitation contact us, or schedule a tour! Call us at 800-626-3876, or send us an email on info@neuliferehab.com. Visit us at 2725 Robie Avenue, Mount Dora, Florida 32757.

 

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. Â Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

Why do Some TBI Patients Experience Personality Changes?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to many physical problems like impaired memory, frequent headaches, dizziness, and balance issues. However, TBI may also cause personality changes and this is something that many patients grapple with.

Fifty-nine percent of the subjects in a study in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation presented significant personality change after experiencing a traumatic brain injury. The most obvious of these changes include “neuroticism, extraversion, and conscientiousness,” particularly in patients with frontal and temporal lesions. 

In a more recent study published in the American Journal Health of Behavior, students active in sports who have experienced concussion showed a higher risk for depressive symptoms, self-harm, and poor mental health. Thus, a psychological evaluation following a TBI is essential to facilitate a better treatment plan for the patient.

The Impact of TBI to the Brain

Scientists cannot pinpoint the exact reason why traumatic brain injuries can change one’s personality. However, experts in neuro-rehab widely believe that TBI affects the intricate connections between the cerebral cortex and the limbic system. 

The cerebral cortex helps the brain process memory, cognition, perception, and awareness. The limbic system, located below the cerebral cortex, is the center for brain functions like emotions and behaviors.

Experts at the NYU Langone Medical Center say that only 10 to 20 percent of patients may develop mood and anxiety problems after one concussion. This is a small but otherwise significant minority. 

Some experts in post-acute rehabilitation also believe that patients who experience TBI are already in an exceptionally stressful situation. People respond to any form of extreme trauma in the body differently.

Some TBI survivors may end up doing or saying things they don’t mean while other patients become more emotional than they were before they suffered a TBI.

Some patients present heightened aggression and quickly become frustrated and short-tempered. For others, the changes could be subtle and less significant. 

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What To Do With This Outcome

Needless to say, it’s challenging for many patients to recover from a traumatic brain injury. It’s important, however, to recognize the emotion, and understand why these changes happen, to prevent a full-blown mental illness.

Families or friends around the patient must also be sensitive to these changes. Support from a professional is also paramount as therapy and neuro-rehab may help the patient manage and even correct these personality changes. 

Learn more about Neulife post-acute rehabilitation

NeuLife is a Residential Post-Acute Rehab facility specializing in brain injury rehabilitation. As one of the post-acute rehabilitation centers in Florida, 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.

 

 

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 providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.