The Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program at Hospital for Special Care treats individuals with traumatic or nontraumatic brain injuries (i.e., aneurysm, anoxia, tumors) through its continuum of care. Program goals are to maximize patients’ functional status, independence, psychosocial adjustment and vocational/leisure skills including community reintegration. The average length of stay is four weeks.

An interdisciplinary treatment plan is tailored to each individual by the rehabilitation team and can include the service of:

  • Physiatrist
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Other medical specialties (internal medicine, pulmonology, urology etc.)
  • Dietitian
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech therapist
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Therapeutic recreation specialist
  • Chaplain
  • Social Worker
  • Case Manager

Upon inpatient admission, each patient is assigned a case manager who acts as a liaison between the patient, family, clinical team, payer and community. Throughout the continuum, families are encouraged to participate in the rehabilitation and discharge-planning processes as much as possible with the case manager, primary nurse or physician as the facilitator.

Patients with ABI that experience the following may benefit from this program:

  • Experience decreased mobility
  • Decreased ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
  • Impaired cognition of communication
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Bowel and bladder dysfunction

The inpatient unit for ABI provides 24-hour per day physician coverage and rehabilitation nursing services.

Interdisciplinary therapies such as occupational, physical, speech, recreation and respiratory therapy are available seven days per week. Your therapy will primarily take place Monday through Friday and based on goals is arranged on the weekend.

The team works with all patients' cultural and spiritual beliefs. Together, a personalized treatment plan and goals with predicted outcomes are established to address the medical, cognitive, education and behavioral needs of each patient. These may include:

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
  • Medication
  • Mobility
  • Nutrition
  • Leisure and recreational needs
  • Communication
  • Coping
  • Chemical/substance abuse
  • Family/caregiver training
  • Home visit(s)
  • Community re-entry