|Brooks patients have access to an expert interdisciplinary treatment team.|
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital uses an interdisciplinary team approach to achieve the best rehabilitation results. This team of specialists works with you and your family to establish individualized treatment plans and goals. Team members work closely together and keep communication open between the specialty areas to ensure a comprehensive rehabilitation program and maximum clinical outcomes. Your treatment team may include:
A physiatrist is a medical doctor specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Patients are admitted under the care of a physiatrist who directs their plan of care. He or she evaluates you, prescribes a therapy program, supervises your medical care, re-evaluates you to determine if goals are being achieved, and assists with discharge plans. The physiatrist works closely with your referring physician to coordinate care after your discharge from Brooks. Read more about Brooks' physician team.
Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses
The focus of rehabilitation nursing is to help patients adjust to the rehabilitation hospital and to resume responsibility for managing their personal care. Brooks nurses certified in rehabilitation are available to patients 24-hours a day and help integrate the skills learned in therapy into daily tasks. Patients are all assigned a primary nurse, who is a registered nurse (RN) and a specialist in rehabilitation nursing. The primary nurse assesses the patient’s needs, makes a daily plan of nursing care, and teaches the patients and their family how to manage ongoing care.
During your stay at Brooks, you will be treated by specially trained rehabilitation therapists from several disciplines. The range of therapies you are exposed to might include physical therapy, occupational therapy, aquatic therapy, cognitive therapy and others. Read more about Brooks’ world class rehabilitation therapy.
Psychologists in rehabilitation work as both educators and therapists. Frequently, patients and families need more information about injury, diagnoses, treatment plans, or therapy goals. Helping patients and families learn this information aids in calming any fears or worries, and thus allows patients and families to better focus on recovery. Occasionally, a patient may become anxious, fearful, depressed, or angry. These thoughts and feelings are normal adjustment reactions following a significant life change, but they can also interfere with therapy or family relationships. Our psychologists will counsel patients in these situations so they can gain the most benefit from rehabilitation.
Brooks patients have access to more board-certified neuropsychologists—psychologists who specialize in brain disorders and are essential for treating impairments of memory, language, decision-making or perception—than any other provider in the region. Our neuropsychologists make it a priority to identify the direct consequences of the injury on the patient’s thinking and behavior. Their evaluations assess intellectual, cognitive and personality function in order to determine the level of impairment and recommend the appropriate treatment. Finally, they educate and guide patients to set realistic personal goals at each stage of recovery.
Brooks case managers act as advocates for the patient and the patient’s family. They are responsible for communicating information regarding progress to the patient and the insurance company, as indicated. Case managers are also available to assist in accessing community resources, applying for Social Security and other benefits, family education, discharge planning and coordination of transportation to appointments. They help the patient and family understand financial matters relative to the hospital stay and can help obtain needed equipment and services after discharge from the hospital.
Brooks Rehabilitation dietitians act as consultants to help all patients eat a healthy and appropriate diet. They evaluate our patients’ nutritional needs and determine the appropriate diet to meet their individual requirements. They also provide patients and families with information about any dietary restrictions and methods of food preparation.
The chaplain is available as a resource to all patients independent of religious affiliation or belief system. The chaplain offers a variety of forms of support including listening and helping you and your family work through the difficulties that arise from your injury or illness. If you desire, the chaplain is available for prayer, religious rites and spiritual guidance. The chaplain sees patients of all ages and is available to simply talk if you are lonely or feel discouraged. Non-denominational services are also held regularly in the chapel. Read more about Brooks' Chaplain Services.