The UPMC Rehabilitation Institute's dedicated brain injury unit at UPMC Mercy, can provide a variety of services for people with brain injuries and their families.
These inpatient services include:
You and your family members will work with the integrated patient care team during rehab to help improve:
You also may see a neuropsychologist, whose expertise is the relationship between the brain and behavior.
Rehabilitation for a brain injury usually focuses around relearning skills you may have lost because of the injury.
Relearning these skills will be complemented by a daily plan of different activities. These activities give you opportunities to relearn and practice.
Education begins on the first day of rehabilitation and continues throughout the process.
The UPMC Rehabilitation Institute staff is committed to the highest quality of care and guiding patients and their families in reaching their rehabilitation goals.
Skilled rehabilitation programs provide nursing and therapy services for patients who need rehabilitation care, but cannot handle three daily hours of acute rehabilitation.
The skilled rehabilitation programs can be an interim step between the acute care hospital and the acute rehabilitation.
The length of time in rehabilitation depends on the:
A case manager will work with your treatment team to help coordinate your individual plan of care.
This means that the appropriate resources will be used not only while you're in the hospital, but when you're ready to go home.
Family participation is vital for brain injury patients to achieve maximum benefit from the rehabilitation program.
We encourage family members to come to the hospital on a regular basis — not just to visit — but to learn about brain injury and to take an active role in treatments.
Family members can help in the following ways: