Traumatic brain injury or acquired brain injury may cause major changes in a person’s life. A traumatic brain injury is caused by an external physical force, while acquired brain injury may be caused by infections, tumors and lack of oxygen to the brain. Any of the following are possible effects from a brain injury.
- Medical complications
- Physical impairments
- Cognitive/perceptual impairments
- Emotional impairments
Brain Injury Program
Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital’s Brain Injury Program has a specialty certification from CARF, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This national certification ensures that SIRH is providing the highest quality of care to those individuals experiencing a brain injury. SIRH also has staff certified by the American Academy of Brain Injury Specialists as Brain Injury Specialists.
This program is designed for individuals 5 years of age or older who can benefit from an intensive, functional, outcome-oriented program. The treatment team consists of the patient; family; physician; occupational and physical therapists, speech and language pathologist; certified brain injury specialists; rehab nurses; psychologists; case managers; nutritionist (dietician), therapeutic recreation specialist and others as necessary.
The goal for the acute rehabilitation phase is to return the individual to the community. Treatment priorities include: mobility; activities of daily living; functional communication and swallowing; psychosocial skills; cognitive and behavioral improvements; community re-integration; patient and family education.
The outpatient program is designed for those individuals who have completed inpatient rehab or for individuals from the community, who do not require nightly medical management, yet require therapeutic interventions. The focus of outpatient rehab is on home and community re-integration. During the outpatient phase, treatment generally focuses on re-integrating the person back into work, school, leisure etc.
Southern Indiana Rehab is the host of the Southern Indiana Brain Injury Support Group, which is a chapter of the Brain Injury Association of Indiana. The group meeting is held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Southern Indiana Rehab offers Camp SIR H annually. The two-day, one night camp is an opportunity for survivors of brain injury to participate in a retreat focusing on recreational and leisure activities in a group setting. Campers must be 18 years old or older and must not require 24 hour supervision due to cognitive deficits.
Brain Injury Prevention Programs
SIRH also has dynamic prevention programs that are provided to school aged children. The first is a Brain Injury Prevention program for first and second grade school children. This fun and interactive program focuses on teaching the children where the brain is located, what the brain’s role is in the body, what could happen if the brain gets hurt and how to protect the brain. During the program the children get to see and feel a Jello brain and a demonstration about how to properly wear a bicycle helmet.
When a person has sustained a brain injury, it is best to receive rehab services from an experienced interdisciplinary treatment team. Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital has professionals who are specially trained to treat individuals with brain injuries.
If you would like more information about the Brain Injury Program at Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital email: firstname.lastname@example.org or please call us at (812) 941-8300.