Brain Injury Program
Bacharach’s CARF-accredited Brain Injury Program provides comprehensive, individualized treatment plans.
What is Brain Injury Rehabilitation?
Patients who come to Bacharach for brain injury rehabilitation are evaluated by an interdisciplinary team of specialists to identify any deficits and develop a plan of care to address them.
Bacharach’s brain injury unit is specially equipped for its patients. It features 24 – hour monitoring, a dedicated dining area where patients with swallowing problems can have their meals under nursing supervision, and a staff trained to deal with the special behavioral and cognitive problems caused by brain injury.
Bacharach offers a complete continuum of care for brain injury, including inpatient, day rehabilitation, and outpatient brain injury rehabilitation.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services
Bacharach offers specialized services for the brain-injured patient.
Dr. Errol Rummel, one of four board-certified neuro-optometrists in the United States, has hours once a week to evaluate patients who experience vision problems related to stroke, brain injury and other neurologic conditions. He can recommend occupational therapy for such conditions, or further testing and follow up.
Spasticity Clinic On Site
Bacharach’s doctors of physical medicine offer a complete array of treatments for spasticity, including physical therapy and stretching, bracing and splinting, oral medications, intrathecal pumps (ITB therapy), and injections of botulinum toxin or phenol.
After stroke, brain injury or other neurological condition, there may be side effects such as word-finding difficulty, memory issues, expressive language issues, and problems with concentrating. Cognitive rehab for these conditions may take place in occupational therapy, or may be offered by a speech and language therapist.
Driver Re-Education Program
People with brain injury and seniors with diminishing driving skills may enroll in Bacharach’s driver re-education program. This self-pay program first tests the driver in a simulated driver setting. If the candidate successfully completes this phase, the second phase is behind-the-wheel.
Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinic On Site
ATPRO prosthetics and orthotics holds a weekly on-site clinic. People with brain injury often have altered gait and weakness in a limb or limbs. ATPRO prosthetists and orthotists can create helpful bracing and orthoses to improve ambulation.
Community Re-entry Program
Some brain injury patients benefit from an outing accompanied by a recreation therapist and a family member, where they can try out all their new skills. Often this is a visit to a store or a restaurant prior to discharge.
Day Rehabilitation Program
Bacharach offers a day rehabilitation program for people who need 2 or more therapies, but who do not need the medical supervision of an inpatient stay. A registered nurse assesses the patient and offers a respite area for resting between therapies.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Details
The brain injury rehabilitation program offers 24-hour inpatient rehab nursing services in a specialized setting. We help brain injury survivors increase cognitive and physical functioning from the acute recovery phase through community re-entry.
From the day of admission, an interdisciplinary team will work to evaluate the patient and construct a plan of care. One of our five doctors of physical medicine will oversee the plan of care and follow the patient daily to measure gains and monitor progress.
The team, including the case manager, meets weekly to discuss goals, progress, any equipment that may be needed, the prospective discharge date and family education and training, if it is needed.
Rehabilitation nurses give care 24 hours a day, reinforcing the rehabilitation skills learned in physical and occupational therapy, as well as addressing the medical needs of the brain injured patient.
Families are welcome to visit and encouraged to participate in family education and training.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program Highlights
- Brain injury support group monthly meetings
- Therapeutic recreation
- Wheelchair clinic with computerized pressure mapping system
- Therapeutic pool program
- Home accessibility evaluation
- Driver training program
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Treatment Team
- Neuropsychologist, psychologist
- Rehabilitation nurse
- Occupational therapist, recreational therapist
- Physical therapist
- Speech/language pathologist
- Case manager
Accredited Rehab Facility for Brain Injury
In 2018, Bacharach served 147 brain injury inpatients through our CARF-accredited comprehensive brain injury program.
The average number of adult outpatient visits per brain injury program is 31.4.
Every patient admitted to the Outpatient Brain Injury Program is evaluated with the Functional Assessment Measure (FAM). The FAM consists of 12 elements rated on a seven-point scale. Data analysis of 2016 and 2017 indicates that improvements were noted on virtually all elements. The average Discharge FAM score fell at the Modified Independent level of functioning. The magnitude of positive change was highest for Community Access, Emotional Adjustment, Adjustment to Limitations, and Employ ability.