Heinz Rehab houses one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation programs for people suffering from brain injury due to trauma, insufficient oxygen, infection or certain progressive diseases. We are a credentialed ImPACT™ concussion management provider, an accreditation which includes adults and adolescents.
Compared regionally and nationally, patients in our Brain Injury Program frequently go home quicker and with more independent functioning as measured by scores from the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation. (The Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation is the most widely used system in the world for documenting the severity of patient disability and the outcomes of medical rehabilitation.)
- Behavioral and social judgment problems
- Memory loss
- Cognitive deficits
- Muscle weakness or paralysis
- Speech/language problems
- Difficulty swallowing
- Emotional issues
- Difficulty walking
- Visual perceptual problems
Minimally Conscious Program
For individuals who are emerging from coma and beginning to respond to their environment, and are not yet able to tolerate an aggressive therapy schedule.
Acute Brain Injury Program
For individuals who have sustained serious brain injuries and are experiencing multiple post-injury disabilities.
Mild Brain Injury Program
For individuals experiencing post concussive syndrome.
We believe that the best outcomes are produced by a team of skilled physicians armed with the most advanced rehabilitation technology. In the hands of our clinicians, this technology helps patients get back to the life they love.
The Balance Master
The Hand Mentor
The Ness H200
The Ness L300
Heinz Rehab Hospital has received full, three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Brain Injury Programs for adults and children/adolescents.This accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial compliance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has undergone a rigorous peer review process, demonstrating that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable and accountable.
Heinz Rehab Hospital is committed to providing our brain injury program patients with quality rehabilitation health care services, and we believe our results demonstrate our fulfillment of that commitment.
Does Allied Services inpatient brain injury program achieve results?
Our inpatient brain injury program patients make significant improvements in important functional activities like being able to walk, get around, and take care of themselves. We measure our patients’ improvement in functional activities using a tool called FIM™. The charts below show FIM™ improvements achieved by our inpatient stroke program patients relative to regional facilities and national benchmarks.
How long will I stay?
The average inpatient brain injury program patient stays with us for about 15 days. Patients receive at least 3 hours of therapy, 5 out of 7 days. The chart shown below compares the average length of stay for our stroke program patients compared to regional and national benchmarks.
What happens after rehabilitation?
Upon discharge, about 69% of our inpatient brain injury program patients return to their homes. However, whether a patient is able to return home depends upon the type and severity of each patient’s diagnosis and other unique circumstances. The next chart shows the percentage of patients who returned home immediately after their stay for brain injury rehab at Heinz Rehab Hospital compared to regional and national benchmarks.
Brain injuries disrupt various function including sensation, movement, and intellectual process. The purpose of the Brain Injury Program is to provide comprehensive, compassionate, cost-effective, state-of-the-art rehabilitation and to provide care for individuals who have sustained brain injuries. To accomplish this goal, we have an experienced interdisciplinary team of Certified Brain Injury Specialists working together to meet all of the patient and family needs.
Our Brain Injury team incorporates numerous disciplines to provide evaluation and treatment under the direction of a board-certified physician and neuropsychologist, including:
- Physical Rehabilitation Medicine/Nursing
- Neuropsychology/cognitive services
- Social Services/case management
- Speech/language pathology
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Dietary/nutritional services
Literature supports that family education and support are important vehicles toward successful rehabilitation. A brain injury brings the patient’s family many new challenges and adjustments. The Brain Injury Program offers the family of brain injured persons numerous opportunities to receive hands on training and education throughout the rehabilitation process. The program offers Brain Injury education classes which are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They need to know that their family member will be given every opportunity to optimize their functions, and strive toward independence. We encourage families to become actively involved as members of the rehabilitation team to learn the best ways to promote independence and transition back to the community. Care management provides weekly updates to the family on the patient’s progress and goals.
The ultimate goal of the brain injury program is to provide the patient with the ability to resume life roles and live independently in the community. Family conferences are held during the inpatient stay to provide opportunities for discussion provide written reports on the person’s progress in rehab and prepare for discharge planning. Education for the patient and family provided by the team of therapists ensures a smooth transition to home based on the principles of self-advocacy and self-direction. Community reintegration skills are practiced through the community reintegration program. Patients plan and participate in community life skills under the guidance of highly skilled therapists.
Therapeutic passes with the family are encouraged to allow the patient and family to practice skills and training learned in therapy to their own home and community settings. A fully functioning ADL apartment is also available to allow patients and families to practice these skills while under the close observation of the treatment team.
When appropriate, the brain injury team may perform evaluations of the home, school, and work site to identify barriers and make appropriate recommendations.
The Neuropsychologist informally evaluates all patients admitted to the inpatient brain injury program and provides weekly input to the team at staffing. As an outpatient, neuropsychological evaluations are conducted and recommendations are made as deemed appropriate by the Neuropsychologist.
The continuum of care is assured through the discharge planning process. Patients and families are provided instructions necessary to ensure appropriate follow-up care. All pertinent discharge information is provided to the patient’s primary care doctor and other patient care providers to facilitate a smooth and safe transition to the next service provider. After discharge, patients receive a follow-up phone call to assess the success of the transition and determine if there are any on-going needs. A one-month follow-up clinic appointment is scheduled with their physiatrist to assess their functional status and make additional recommendations for services. Patients received satisfaction surveys to assess their satisfaction with services provided and provide feedback to the program for on-going improvement planning.
Brain injury is a life-long process of recovery. The brain injury program is committed to provide life long services to meets the on going needs of the persons we serve through home health, in-home services, outpatient rehabilitation, long-term care and personal care services.
Patients are admitted to the brain injury program at Allied rehab when they are medically stable and determined appropriate for a rehabilitation program. Referrals may be made by a private physician, general hospital, family member, or those who have been injured themselves. To initiate a referral or for additional information, please call (570) 826-3885.
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