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The Day Neuro Rehabilitation Program at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation is a comprehensive outpatient program for persons with acquired brain injury such as traumatic brain injury, stroke or brain tumor. The program offers specialized therapy activities to help improve cognitive, communication, physical and social deficits and to promote the individual’s independence within the community.
Our mission is to render high quality interdisciplinary outpatient rehabilitation services to persons with acquired brain injury to assist them in reaching the highest level of independence and functioning in daily life. We achieve this mission by:
A variety of therapists including speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and neuropsychologists work together with the physician to provide individualized, outcome oriented intervention. The overall goal of the therapy program is to promote independence and quality of life within the community.
Each new patient during the first days of attendance is evaluated by the interdisciplinary treatment team. Based upon their findings, an individualized treatment plan will be developed and may incorporate a variety of specialized therapies. Each specialist brings to the team an expertise in a specific area of neurological rehabilitation. Each patient will participate in five to six hours of individual and/or group therapy Monday through Friday and may include some of the following team members:
Physiatrist: A medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The physiatrist leads the team in treatment planning to accomplish unified goals.
Speech Language Pathologist: Clinicians who evaluate and treat difficulties in the areas of speech language, cognition and swallowing.
Neuropsychologist: A Ph.D. level psychologist with special expertise in the area of brain/behavior relationships. Specialized testing is used to determine any cognitive, intellectual or behavioral changes that may have resulted from brain injury.
Occupational Therapist: Clinicians who promote independence and safety with activities of daily living such as self care, home maintenance and community skills. They evaluate the motor, sensory, cognitive and perceptual deficits, which interfere with independent living, and develop a treatment plan to address these issues.
Physical Therapist: Clinicians who focus on improving motor function, minimizing physical disabilities, and restoring normal movement patterns. The physical therapist assesses and treats the areas of of strength, joint range of motion, balance, endurance, motor planning, gait, transfers and mobility.
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist: Clinician who evaluates past leisure pursuits and helps develop skills necessary for successful return to an active and healthy lifestyle. The specialist acts as a resource to the patient and family in identifying activities within the community that the whole family can continue after discharge.
Social Worker: The social worker acts as the program manager and coordinates services with the treatment team. She will problem solve issues related to financial resources, be the primary contact and source of information about the progress achieved in the program, intervene in problematic situations, review discharge options and make appropriate referrals upon discharge from the program.
Rehabilitation Nurse: The nurse will monitor the patients physical condition, level of alertness, nutrition, bowel and bladder function, reaction to medications and vital signs as needed.
Rehabilitation Technician: The rehabilitation technician is specially trained and supervised by a licensed therapist to supervise activities that address the patients physical rehabilitation goals.
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