Brain Injury Specialty Program
Comprehensive care for brain injury patients
A brain injury, whether the result of trauma, anoxia, tumor, or other neurologic disorder, can affect an individual’s mobility, memory, communication, balance, and, ultimately, independence. The Brain Injury Program at Touro Rehabilitation Center is specially-designed to provide education, resources, and support to patients and their caregivers. A dedicated treatment team is committed to providing individualized care to improve the quality of life for adolescents and adults following an acquired brain injury by increasing function, encouraging independence, and facilitating a safe return to the community.
The family-oriented program develops individual treatment plans to address physical, cognitive, behavioral, and social interaction skills, while working toward achieving realistic educational, vocational, social and/or leisure goals.
In addition to the patient and his/her family/ support team the interdisciplinary treatment team may consist of:
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM & R) Attending
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM & R) Resident
- Specialty Consultants as needed
- Certified Rehabilitation Nurse
- Registered Nurse
- Patient Care Technician
- Rehabilitation Case Manager
- Physical Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Speech and Language Pathologists
- Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
- Behavior Specialist
- Respiratory Therapists
- The patient
- Family members
- Rehabilitation nurses
- Rehabilitation counselors
- Case managers
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Speech pathologists
- Therapeutic recreation specialists
Brain injury patient and family education
Brain Injury Family Education Day is held the second Monday of each month in the M6 Conference Room from 9am-3:30pm.
Education and training are key components of the brain injury specialty program. In order to prepare caregivers for their new role, the interdisciplinary rehab team will educate on a variety of topics including:
Nursing Care After Brain injury
- Changes in body systems and preventing additional complications
- Bowel and bladder retraining
- Skin care
- Medication administration
- Maintaining Safety
- Role of Physical Therapy after a Brain Injury
- Role of Occupational Therapy after a Brain Injury
- Role of Speech Therapy after a Brain injury
- Case Management: Discharge planning, Resources, and Advocacy
- Cognitive and Behavioral Changes
- Coping Strategies for Families
Support for patients and caregivers
Support Group: A Neuro Support Group for patients and caregivers of patients who have had a stroke or brain injury is held on the first Tuesday of each month in the M6 Conference Room from 3:30pm-4:30pm. It is free and open to the public as a resource and support system following a stroke or brain injury.
Please e-mail BrainInjuryProgram@LCMCHealth.org if you are interested in participation in the Neuro Support Group.
Brain Injury referrals are accepted based on specific patient qualifications. For referrals to the Brain Injury Program at Touro Rehabilitation Center, please call 504.897.8560 or email BrainInjuryProgram@LCMCHealth.org.
Outpatient rehabilitation services
Touro Rehabilitation Center offers outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and therapeutic recreation services at the Neurological Rehabilitation Center.For more information about outpatient therapy services please call 504.897.8135 or email NeuroRehabCenter@LCMCHealth.org.
Brain Injury Association of America
Brain Injury Association of Louisiana
The Brain Trauma Foundation
Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network
Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
Office of Aging and Adult Services