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.

Treatment services

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:

  • Physicians
    • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM & R) Attending
    • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM & R) Resident
    • Specialty Consultants as needed
  • Nurses
    • Certified Rehabilitation Nurse
    • Registered Nurse
    • Patient Care Technician
  • Rehabilitation Case Manager
  • Therapists
    • Physical Therapist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Speech and Language Pathologists
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Dietitian
  • 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
  • Nutrition
  • 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

2019 Brain Injury Family Education Day Schedule

Support for patients and caregivers

Support Group: A Brain Injury Support Group for brain injury survivors and caregivers second Monday of each month in the M6 Conference Room from 3:30pm-4:30pm following Brain Injury Family Education Day. It is free and open to the public as a resource and support system following a brain injury.

Please e-mail if you are interested in participation in the Neuro Support Group.

Other Support Services

Inpatient Rehab Referral Information

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

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


Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with a Brain Injury

Emergency Response Checklist for First Responders and Emergency Management Agencies

Brain Injury Association of America

Brain Injury Association of Louisiana

The Brain Trauma Foundation

Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network

Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center

Advocacy Center

Office of Aging and Adult Services