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Adult Neurological Rehabilitation

Purpose

The purpose of Adult Neurological Rehabilitation is to improve the level of functioning for patients who have suffered stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or any other debilitating neurological disorder through a coordinated and integrated rehabilitation program.

Goals

Our goals are to assist the patient in regaining an optimal degree of functional movement and use of body, communication, cognitive and visual/perceptual function, and psychosocial skills. We work with the patient on restoring/retraining the weakness or deficit, compensating for it and/or adapting for it. This outpatient program should increase an individual's abilities to return to activities of daily living, school, leisure, community and work.

Program

Patients are evaluated by each therapy service provided. A treatment plan is developed with the patient and/or family members and treatment team, and approved by a physician. A patient care conference is held after the initial evaluation, every 30 days and prior to discharge or when appropriate.

Services

An interdisciplinary team approach is used in the treatment of neurological patients. Our services include occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology. The facility is equipped with training areas including a kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities to increase a patient's functional independence and mobility in the home environment.

The Bioness H200 and L300 Neuroprosthetic and Rehabilitation System is also used with appropriate patients to improve upper and lower limb function. The Bioness integrates the most effective state-of-the-art rehab practices. Home and work evaluations are also available to assess the environment for accessibility, safety and equipment needs.

Speech-Language Therapy

The speech-language pathologist provides services to patients suffering from stroke, traumatic brain injury and a variety of degenerative neurological diseases. The goal of therapy is to continue to improve the quality of life for patients with speech and swallowing related deficits and provide support and instruction to assist family members in the care of these patients.

Speech-language pathology encompasses a wide range of therapeutic services including, but not limited to, the remediation of verbal expression skills, comprehension of spoken words and written language, reading and writing skills, memory, organizational and executive functioning skills, as well as remediation of voice and fluency related disorders. The speech-language pathologist also specializes in the treatment of swallowing deficits using specialized treatment techniques such as VitalStim for swallowing and Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS).

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps people whose lives have been disrupted by physical injury or illness because of neurological insult or disease. Each person's treatment program is based on his/her interests, abilities and occupational background. Therapy incorporates purposeful, goal-directed activities that are meaningful to the individual patient to improve his or her quality of life.

The occupational therapist targets activities of daily living that could include cooking a meal, caring for a child, driving a car or mowing the lawn. The therapist uses specialized techniques to help the patient to regain strength, coordination and movement in order to maximize independence. The occupational therapist may also help identify special adaptive equipment to help the patient and the caregiver complete daily activities.

Physical Therapy

The physical therapist promotes independence and safety with walking, use of a wheelchair, transfers, bed mobility, balance/coordination and range of motion. In developing the treatment plan, the physical therapist considers factors such as pain control, strength training and normalization of muscle imbalance. The physical therapist may include various modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation or biofeedback to assist the patient to regain motor control and improve independence.

For More Information

Physician or nurse practitioner's referral is required. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call NMMC's Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at (662) 377-7215 or 1-800-THE-DESK (1-800-843-3375).