A severe brain injury can lead to altered consciousness, in which patients have severely impaired levels of responsiveness, awareness and ability to engage in the environment. For over 30 years, Spectrum Health has provided an accredited brain injury program specifically focused on patients with a “disorder of consciousness,” such as coma, vegetative (unresponsive wakefulness) or minimally conscious states. Although these patients are not ready for a traditional inpatient rehabilitation program, they can significantly benefit from a program that is highly specialized to treat patients with emerging consciousness.
Our program is recognized by the national Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists as an Alliance Member, reflecting our program’s commitment to staff training and excellence in care through this national certification process.
The Spectrum Health Rehab and Nursing Center on Kalamazoo Avenue in Grand Rapids is one of five skilled-nursing-facility-based rehabilitation programs in the country to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Programs (CARF) as a brain injury specialty program.
Our team will develop personalized goals and provide education and support to family members and caregivers.
As appropriate, family members and caregivers will be involved in the rehabilitation process. Once we determine the level of consciousness using evidence-based assessment protocols, our goal is to improve this level of alertness through medications and therapeutic interventions. We will address spasticity (tight muscles) to maximize the potential for functional recovery and develop a mobility program and supporting seating system to promote awareness and maximize emerging functional abilities.
We will also work to develop any potential communication mechanisms. Another goal is to reduce the risk of hospital readmissions by preventing secondary complications, such as respiratory conditions and skin issues.
May manage some of your care in the inpatient setting, and also as you return to the community.
Conducts diagnostic interviews to understand conditions and get you the right care.
Capable of performing a wide range of respiratory-related procedures.
Assesses your condition and provides nursing care to help improve your level of functioning.
Works with you in moving your arms and legs, helping to build strength, coordination, balance and endurance.
Utilizes music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals.
Works with your care team to identify the most appropriate discharge plan.
A physician trained to assess disability and specialized in rehabilitation.
Focuses on activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming and independent living skills.
Addresses impairments in communication, swallowing, and cognition to help improve your independence.
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