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What is a brain injury?
An acquired brain injury (ABI) occurs when a sudden, external physical assault, such as a car accident, damages the brain. It is one of the most common causes of disability and death in adults. The severity of a brain injury can range from a mild concussion to a coma or even death. Acquired brain injuries are also commonly referred to as traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Non-traumatic brain injuries are caused by internal factors such as cancer, toxicity or a lack of oxygen to the brain.
The Brain Injury Program at Baptist Health rehabilitation is designed for individuals who have experienced an injury to their brain resulting in problems. Some issues may include coma, movement and sensory impairment, communication deficits, memory and cognitive deficits, swallowing problems, visual impairment, behavioral changes, seizures and confusion. Our comprehensive services includes, rehabilitation nursing, care coordination, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, neuropsychology, respiratory therapy, dietary, pharmacy, therapeutic recreation and driver rehabilitation instruction. Our comprehensive team works together with the patient and their family with the goal of minimizing the disability and helping the patient achieve the highest level of independence and assisting the patient's family in dealing with the effects of the injury.
What treatment options are available?
Baptist Health Rehabilitation strives to provide a smooth transition from inpatient rehabilitation to life at home, work and the community. Patients and their families will receive educational instruction related to the disease process, equipment needs, community resources and medications in order to help facilitate the return to a functional lifestyle. Individualized family training with members of the treatment team may be scheduled if the patient is likely to require assistance with mobility, self-care, communication and safety after discharge. Some patients may continue therapy through home health or outpatient services.
Speech, Language & Cognitive Training
- Attention. Being alert and aware.
- Selective Attention. Being able to tune out distractions and background noise.
- Discrimination. Knowing how items are the same or different.
- Sequencing. Putting thoughts and activities in their proper order.
- Memory. Being able to recall events, names, etc., over short and long periods of time.
- Categorization. Being able to sort information correctly.
- Thought Organization. Being able to add newly-learned information to old information.
- Reasoning, Problem Solving and Judgment. Being able to think through and make decisions in a difficult or abstract situation.
- Transfers. Patients are shown how to safely move from the wheelchair to the car, bed, furniture, toilet and tub.
- Wheelchair Mobility. Patients are taught to negotiate curbs, ramps and various types of surfaces in standard wheelchairs or power drive chairs.
- Walking. Walking training is practiced on a variety of floor surfaces, ramps and stairs using different types of canes, walkers, splints and braces, as necessary. Walking overhead lifts, unweighting systems and special treadmills may be used to enhance walking training.
Robot-Assisted Walking Therapy
Electrical Stimulation Technology
Visual Impairment Training
Specialized Feeding & Swallowing Program
Skin Management & Pressure Relief
Patients may be referred to Baptist Health Rehabilitation by physicians, family member, friend or self-referral. A screening examination may be conducted prior to admission. The cost of treatment is covered as with any hospitalization by Medicare, Medicaid, Workers’ compensation and private insurance carriers.
For additional information on how to begin the admission process or schedule a tour, call (501) 202-7011 for Little Rock, (501) 681-0974 for North Little Rock or Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-227-8478.
What Support is Available?
Survivor Support Group Meeting for Brain Injury
Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 am in the In-service Education room on the ground floor at Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute.
Baptist Health also offers a Facebook Support Group for Families and Caregivers.
Other Resources for Brain Injury Support
Brainline Resources specifically for the patient, caregiver, professionals, veterans, and children with Brain Injury.
Disability Rights Call 1-800-482-1174
Brain Injury Information and Resources from Shepherd Center.
TRIUMPH, 24/7 access to nurses & physicians for assistance with medical issues. Call 1-855-767-6983
For questions or more information, contact Ashley Whitten, Care Coordinator 501-202-7047.
What are the patient outcomes?
Baptist Health rehabilitation facilities achieve better functional progress outcomes, such as mobility and activities of daily living, than the national benchmarks. However, the best advocates for the care you can expect from Baptist Health are the patients themselves. Hear success stories from a few of our patients.
Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute has the only acute rehabilitation program in Arkansas, which is accredited in the treatment of brain injury patients by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.