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Brain Injury Patient and Family Education

Education is a key component of the Brain Injury program and training is provided in a variety of ways. Brain Injury education is held ever other Monday in the conference room on the 4th floor.

The interdisciplinary rehab team assist patients and families in learning skills to handle care at home. Below is a list of topics that we discuss with caregivers and patients during education classes.

Nursing Issues

  • Respiratory System Effects and Interventions
  • Maintain Nutritional Status
  • Circulation, Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Bowel Retraining
  • Bladder Retraining
  • Skin Care
  • Medications
  • Seizures
  • Maintain Safety
  • Heterotrophic Ossification (HO)
  • Alteration in Temperature Regulation
  • Alteration in sight, hearing, smelling, touch, and taste sensation

Role of PT after a Brain Injury

  • Increase independence with functional mobility
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Manage indirect complications associated with the brain injury
  • Rehabilitate deficits affecting functional performance
  • Community re-integration
  • Recommendations for durable medical equipment
  • Family/Caregiver education

 Dressing for success: the role of OT after a Brain Injury

  • Increase Independence with daily activities
  • Rehabilitate deficits affecting functional performance
  • Modifications/adaptations
  • Recommendations for assistive equipment
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Family education—
  • Community re-integration

Role of ST after a Brain injury

  • Sensory stimulation
  • Assist with trach management
  • Address motor speech disorders
  • Address voice disorders
  • Assist with swallowing disorders
  • Assist with cognition, problem solving, attention deficit and neglect impairments
  • Augmentative communication 

Case Management

  • Discharge planning
  • Resources
  • Funding
  • Patient and family inclusion
  • Advocacy 

  • Ways brain injury can affect nutrition
  • How nutritional needs are determined and met

Cognitive and Behavioral Changes

  • What happens in a brain injury?
  • The path of improvement after an injury.
  • What determines what cognitive deficits occur?
  • How do people act differently after a brain injury?
  • What can be done following discharge from rehab?

Coping Strategies for Families

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Impulsivity
  • Disinhibition
  • Blunted Affect
  • Sexual Issues
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Each rehabilitation discipline will educate the individual and family members on the specific therapy and exercise that pertain to the patients needs.

Contact John Fanning at john.fanning@lcmchealth.org or (504)897-8054 for BI education information. 
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