What To Expect
Brain injury affects more than just the patient. It affects families, too.
Physical limitations, personality changes, memory loss – these are common symptoms that can be difficult for families to process. We have developed a variety of resources designed to help patients and their families cope with the unknown and unexpected.
From the very beginning, we want you to feel comfortable and have a sense of belonging. We work to limit the surprises and prove that we’re the right team to be by your side. For people making their comeback through one of our inpatient programs, this is what Day One looks like:
Step 1: Arrival
A team member will greet you, help you with your belongings, show you to your room, and make sure you have access to everything you need.
Step 2: Settling In
You’ll be introduced to the case manager who will be your point person for the duration of your care with Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation. He or she will help you become familiar with everything – from what to expect while living on our campus to how to login to Wi-Fi during your free time.
Step 3: Taking a Tour
After all of your questions have been answered, you’ll see the building where your rehabilitation will take place. Along the way you will meet the many faces you’re likely to encounter during your stay: doctors, therapists, support staff, and other people making their comebacks.
Step 4: We Get to Work
You will meet with members of your treatment team to evaluate your current skills so your achievements can be measured as you progress through the program. This information, along with the goals you’ve set for yourself, will help mold a treatment plan centered on you and your success.
We do everything to make your experience as comfortable as possible, and we encourage participants to make us their home away from home.
We encourage patients to personalize their living space with familiar items. Music, books, photos – even small things like a favorite blanket can have a significant impact on a person’s recovery. Here is a list of the basic necessities someone will need in our program:
- Driver’s license or picture ID
- Health insurance card
- Medications and prescriptions
- Legal decision-maker documentation
- Comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for therapy
- Toiletries and other personal belongings for your room
- Personal belongings for your room
Many people go home after leaving the hospital following a brain injury. Some may go on to receive one or two services on an outpatient basis, while others may continue to live at home but come to us for intensive rehabilitation for a large part of their day.
For more severe injuries, some may be best served living on our campus through one of our inpatient programs. No matter where you are in your journey, Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation has an option for you.
If you or a loved one would benefit from inpatient rehabilitation, we invite you to take a tour of our facilities before deciding if we are a right fit. We are not what you would expect of a health care establishment; we aim to make our living spaces feel like home by providing fully furnished bedrooms, offering family-style meals, and having community areas artistically designed with modern furniture and flat screen TVs. We strive to make a homelike atmosphere not only for each person’s comfort, but because relearning skills in a functional home setting makes rehabilitation more effective.
Other features of our inpatient programs:
Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation is dedicated to helping people reach optimal levels of physical, cognitive, and behavioral restoration following a brain injury.
We do this by employing professionals who approach each of our patients with commitment, compassion, and expertise. We have services and programs in place that address the whole person – their lifestyle, their dreams, and overall outlook on life. But that’s not all. We also rely on science, utilizing innovative equipment* and advanced technology. Having access to a comprehensive set of tools gives our experts every opportunity to help those we serve reach their full potential.
*Equipment varies by location
Solo-Step Fall Prevention Overhead Track System
When using the Solo-Step System, any risk for falls during treatment is eliminated. By wearing a lightweight harness connected to a ceiling track, patients with balance concerns can safely practice activities that would normally present a fall risk.
Neurocom VSR Sport Balance System
This device provides scientific data that identifies the cause of balance issues, allowing therapists to develop treatment plans that address the VOR-specific needs of their patients.
Designed specifically for special populations in the rehabilitation setting, our salt water pool is maintained at 94–95 degrees to provide optimal therapeutic conditions for buoyancy, resistance, hydrostatic pressure, and overall comfort.
Biodex Gait Training System
The Biodex Gait Training System is a treadmill designed to allow patients to participate in locomotor training. While being supported by a harness, patients with mobility issues can practice walking with the assistance of their therapist.
The MOTOmed is a motorized movement trainer that helps maintain and increase physical activity for people with physical limitations.
Smart Balance Master
With the Smart Balance Master, therapists can safely evaluate a person’s level of balance and control, a common area of concern following brain injury.
The Dynavision measures an individual’s visual awareness, decision making, concentration, and reaction time using a variety of light targets in a localized visual field.
Virtual Driver Interactive
This highly advanced equipment provides a simulated on-the-road experience for individuals preparing for a driver’s test or assessment, allowing participants to “drive” in a variety of weather, road, and traffic conditions.
This unique structure provides optimal conditions for year-round, plant-based activities through our horticultural therapy program.
We know that the love and support of family and friends is the foundation for a successful recovery, so we do our best to integrate their participation in a patient’s care wherever possible.
Using personal preferences and treatment team guidance, we lay out a plan that determines how an individual’s support system can be an active part in his or her recovery – not only during therapies but during downtimes too.
5:00–10:00 p.m. (weekdays) 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. (weekends/holidays)
5:00–8:00 p.m. (weekdays) 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. (weekends/holidays)
If these hours do not fit within a guest’s schedule, let us know – we are happy to make special arrangements if needed.
*Visiting hours may vary based on individual treatment plans.
Individuals receiving services from Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation will likely start with an initial evaluation.
Whether participating in one or several therapies, receiving psychological treatment, or engaging in the process of job re-entry, an evaluation is an essential tool that health care providers use to develop treatment plans customized specifically for each individual.
All comebacks have a starting line.
Evaluations are necessary because they identify the skills, abilities, and behaviors affected by a person’s brain injury at that given moment. Using information gathered from the evaluation, the treatment team establishes a baseline – or starting point – for their patient. This starting point helps identify what areas need to be addressed, which serves as the foundation for building a treatment plan that works.
Depending on what services a person is receiving, some examples of what an evaluation may look for are the ability to perform:
- Physical movement
- Activities of daily living
- Memory retention or retrieval
- Intellectual processing or problem-solving
- Fine and/or gross motor skills
- Concentration and attention
- Balance and visual perception
Neuropsychological evaluations are an essential component to establishing a complete treatment plan for individuals receiving multiple services. These evaluations are typically more complex in nature, but provide the most detailed look at how a person’s brain injury is affecting his or her overall behavior and performance. A neuropsychological evaluation typically includes a review of medical history and records, an interview with the patient and/or his or her family, and a series of written or verbal tests. The results are reviewed by a neuropsychologist who uses the information to help answer questions such as:
- Will I walk again?
- Can I ever go back to work?
- Why do I get so angry all the time?
- Why do I feel so tired?
- Can I go back to living alone or will I always need a caregiver?
- Am I able to go back to school?
A neuropsychological evaluation identifies many areas affected by brain injury that cannot be seen by scans or medical imaging. It is a significant tool that helps estimate the outcome of a person’s recovery and highly suggested at the onset of an active rehabilitation plan.
It’s important to track progress.
Once treatment has started, additional evaluations will be conducted periodically to measure the same skills and behaviors that were assessed initially. This allows the therapist and treatment team to see what skills have improved. There’s no greater motivation than seeing progress being made! Evaluations also identify areas that continue to cause concern. Using this information, the treatment team can consistently review treatment strategies and make adjustments when the current process isn’t resulting in consistent improvements.
For information about the evaluations we use – or any of the services we offer at Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation – contact our admissions team.
You cannot fail an evaluation.
Evaluations always begin with review of a person’s medical history. After obtaining medical records and talking with a patient and/or his or her family, a therapist may ask you to perform certain movements or tasks while recording the results on paper or a computer. You cannot fail an evaluation! These tests are in place only to identify what you can do currently so a plan can be established to improve areas that may be lacking. At Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation, the results of everyone’s evaluation will look different, and our plans are customized based on each person’s situation.