The thought of a loved one going to inpatient neurorehabilitation may cause uncertainty. You may have several questions:
- How long will they be in inpatient neuro rehab?
- What is involved in a post-acute rehabilitation program?
- How to choose the right neurorehabilitation program?
Understanding some of these processes may help to put your mind at ease. Armed with knowledge regarding traumatic brain injury rehabilitation expectations, you will feel more confident as you begin your recovery.
What Is Inpatient Neuro Rehabilitation?
Inpatient neurorehabilitation (also known as residential rehabilitation) involves the medical treatment of patients on-site to incorporate a holistic and structured program. Inpatient neuro-rehab improves function, reduces symptoms, and improves patients’ overall well-being who have suffered a brain injury.
Patients often transition to inpatient neurorehabilitation after a hospital stay. It is the bridge between hospital and home.
Common reasons patients need residential rehabilitation include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Loss of Oxygen
- Vascular Disorders
The goal is to restore some or all of the patient’s physical, sensory, and mental capabilities. It is important to note it is an environment that is safe and strives to provide the least amount of restriction possible while still pushing patients to improve.
How Long is a Typical Stay at Post Acute Rehabilitation?
The length of stay can vary due to several factors and can be unpredictable. That said, many patients stay for two to three weeks, participating in an individualized program. Patients will participate in therapy for a few hours daily, most days of the week.
Factors that influence length of stay include:
- The extent of brain damage
- Age of the patient
- Level of mental awareness
- Concurrent medical conditions
Patients can expect a longer stay if they have additional barriers to address.
What Can I Expect in Inpatient Neurorehabilitation?
You will work with a team of medical professionals that includes doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, and other staff. Together they will work with the patient to address limitations. A combination of education, medication, therapies, skills, and rest all are involved in a full neurorehabilitation program.
A thorough evaluation and assessment are completed during the first week to identify patient needs. Next, the patient will participate in therapeutic activities that are at the core of rehabilitation. Finally, a discharge and transition plan is developed, focusing on family education and counseling so the patient will have a successful transition home.
NeuLife Rehabilitation Center is known as one of the best and largest brain injury rehabilitation centers in Florida and throughout the southeast. Our clinicians treat a wide range of diagnoses and injuries with the ultimate goal of functional independence.
We help our patients ‘get their life back’. If you would like more information about our services, do not hesitate to contact us today. Make a referral or give us a call at 800.626.3876.
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