What is Post-Acute Rehabilitation?

In relation to health care in today’s world and economy, many facets of care go undefined and are not considered to be truly consistent with standards of quality operation and outcome.

“The current process of care transitions for individuals with disabling conditions is both ineffective and inefficient. There is a need for clinicians with the necessary knowledge and skills to advocate and facilitate transitions that result in the greatest value to the individuals, their families, and the healthcare delivery system. A review of the literature reveals significant problems with transition to post-acute care (PAC) settings. Care is fragmented, disorganized, and guided by factors unrelated to the quality of care or individual outcomes.” (Gage, 2009; Sandel et al., 2009).

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As this statement communicates, the effects of fragmented care and services provided can and does affect the success and outcomes of those individuals needing and/or requiring complete post-acute rehabilitation services.  We see these negative effects in all phases of the care continuum which include acute individual rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, the post-acute care arena and in the general community.

Transition to post-acute facilities such as NeuLife Rehab – Florida’s post-acute rehab facility, includes preparation and validation of services provided, ideally outside of a pre-determined length of stay and progress parameters.  Post-acute settings should focus on the individual and significant other in relation to a rehabilitation process that includes, but is not limited to, a systemic comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessment in the development of realistic, measurable and functional goals.  

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NeuLife Post-Acute programs is a CARF accredited brain injury specialty and residential rehabilitation program that focuses on the identification of barriers affecting the rehabilitation process and final discharge outcome. Examples of the effectiveness relating to a truly accredited post-acute program such as NeuLife Florida Post-Acute Program is proven by approximately 80% of catastrophic injuries return home or their communities.

One publication supporting the cost relationship between those individuals who received comprehensive post – acute care have proved to have more successful discharge outcomes as well as overall financial cost savings. (COST/BENEFIT ANALYSIS FOR POST-ACUTE REHABILITATION OF THE TRAUMATICALLY BRAIN-INJURED INDIVIDUAL, M.J. Ashley, David K. Krych, Centre for Neuro Skills Bakersfield, CA Robert R. Lehr, Jr. Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences and Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 1990).

In summary, true post-acute services focus on the client’s personal needs and barriers, the environment and the ability to adapt to any actual deficit. The responsibility to acknowledge this challenge lies with all who provide care and services. 

 

This content was provided by NeuLife Neurological Services.

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.

‘POST-ACUTE REHABILITATION’ – A MUST-READ ARTICLE BY MICHAEL SAMOGALA

Why education is important in TBI.

Michael Somagala is Neulife’s Director of Education. We cannot imagine a better-suited person for this position because (as most our staff in other positions) he does whatever it takes to help those who suffer from TBI and their loved ones. He mostly does it by educating everyone who needs it.

When it comes to treating TBI, it can be the person affected by this condition or their caretakers. But most importantly Michael Somagala educates fellow health care providers so that we can all give our patients the care they deserve.

TBI is a condition that requires extra special health care. Its outcomes can be radically and efficiently improved by professionals, like all those working at our NeuLife Rehabilitation Facility. We all make sure we stay at the top of our game when it comes to catastrophic rehabilitation, and continuous education is the key.

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Post-acute rehabilitation

In his newest article Michael Somagala describes post-acute rehabilitation, which is an area of catastrophic rehabilitation. “We must ask ourselves as health care providers” – he says – “why transition care and processes are so important to those we serve.”

Fragmented Care

Michael Somagala believes that fragmented care shows negative effects in all phases of the care process – such as acute individual rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities and the post-acute care field – and in the wide-ranging community.

He also strengthens that “post-acute settings should focus on the individual and significant other/supportive care in relation to a rehabilitation process”. In his words, this care should include, but not be limited to, “a systemic comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessment in the development of realistic, measurable and functional goals.”

The best outcome in post-acute rehabilitation

According to Neulife’s Director of Education, in order to be most efficient post-surgical rehabilitation should focus on maintenance and slow progression of an individual’s medical stability. As well as their functional and cognitive ability.

He also stresses the importance of health care professionals focusing on the individual and personal needs and barriers of the patients, alongside considering their environment and the ability to adjust to it. It is his belief that the responsibility to recognize and meet this challenge lies with all of us (who provide care and services for our patients) in order to achieve the most successful and functional outcome.

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NeuLife Rehabilitation – brain injury facility. Where miracles happen every day.

NeuLife Rehabilitation is a residential post-acute brain injury facility, one of the largest in the Southeast, specializing in catastrophic rehabilitation.

Our programs are customized to meet the individual needs of each patient, and our care plans are structured to promote the highest level of functional independence and successful community re-integration. 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.

Watch this video to find out more about what we do.

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 facility.

Source: https://www.orlandomedicalnews.com/what-really-is-post-acute-rehabilitation–cms-2453

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.

Therapeutic Effects of Fishing in TBI (NeuLife’s Outing for Patients and Staff)

NeuLife clients and staff enjoyed a therapeutic outing to Hickory Point Park for fishing and a delicious picnic lunch. Fishing is by nature a reflective and meditative activity that forces you to slow down and enjoy your surroundings. Therapeutic experts claim that, fishing helps to take a person’s mind off the day-to-day worries because it requires focus;  it engages small muscle groups we don’t normally use and helps us build fine motor skills.

Fishing is also a fantastic (and safe) outdoor leisure activity for someone who has suffered a TBI it has the ability to reduce the effects of TBI.

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It’s a great way to be outdoors without sacrificing or putting your health at risk. If you don’t have any fishing buddies you can find fishing aficionados in your area. Search for Facebook groups or Google fishing organizations – there are plenty of local groups out there!

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

NeuLife Rehabilitation is a residential post-acute brain injury clinic – one of the largest in the Southeast – specializing in catastrophic rehabilitation.

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

Watch this video to find out more about what we do.

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.

Source: http://www.trymunity.com/recover-outdoors-find-safe-activities-tbi-survivors/#tmyOgWFvwbgiFbuB.99

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 Rehab hosts Camp TBI

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With great pleasure and pride, we would like to inform you that NeuLife Rehab partnered with the Brain Injury Association of Florida (BIAF) and hosted  Camp TBI on October 27, 2018.  Over sixty traumatic brain injury survivors and caregivers attended.  

As one of the largest residential post-acute rehabilitation facilities in the Southeast with specialized rehabilitation programs for a wide range of catastrophic injuries, we want to be actively involved in our community, and in the lives of the TBI survivors, their caregivers, and family members.

This October’s Camp TBI covered a wide range of activities. TBI survivors participated in Pumpkin Painting, Cooking Classes, Family Feud, along with outside events. The caregivers enjoyed presentations from Djenaba Burns, BIAF President, and CEO and Janet Ott, NeuLife Administrator, Michael Samogala, Director of Education and Elmer Perez, Mental Health Counselor on Post-Acute Rehab Transitions. The caregivers were then pampered with massages and manicures. The day ended with a fun karaoke party which was enjoyed by all of the participants.  

Camp TBI is an event designed to help all members of the brain injury community experience the feeling of togetherness by connecting the TBI family to a lifetime of optimism and opportunity.

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During this unparalleled occasion, TBI experts and specialists make every effort to deliver personalized methods of assisting every survivor in reaching their highest level of recovery. It also provides an opportunity for each caregiver to recharge and stay motivated in offering the best possible care for their loved one.

You can learn more about Camp TBI by visiting the event’s YouTube channel or by reading information about this year’s edition on Camp TBI’s website.

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


NeuLife Rehabilitation is a residential post-acute brain injury facility, one of the largest in the Southeast, specializing in catastrophic rehabilitation.

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 re-integration. 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.

Watch this video to find out more about what we do.

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 facility.

 

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