Brain Injury and Stroke
Traumatic Brain Injury and Coma Recovery Unit
The 25-bed Traumatic Brain Injury and Coma Recovery Unit (TBI), the only
New York State Department of Health-approved program of its kind in Brooklyn,
is a specialized service within the Rehabilitation Institute. It serves
adults with head injuries and neurological conditions resulting from:
- Vehicular Accidents
- Brain Tumors
- Hemorrhagic Stroke
- Head Injury (Secondary to Falls)
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at Kingsbrook Rehabilitation Institute
offers a holistic interdisciplinary team approach to treat the impairments,
activity limitations and participation restrictions of persons diagnosed
with a traumatic or non-traumatic brain injury.
The effects of injury to the brain on the person served may include speech
and swallowing difficulties, bowel and bladder impairment, weakness, difficulties
with balance and ambulation, pain, memory loss, depression and anxiety.
The goal of the program is to provide the person served with individualized
treatments that will optimize and maximize function and deliver care in
a sensitive and compassionate manner by competent clinicians who advocate
for their needs.
Our staff recognizes that severe impairments due to diseases involving
the brain can affect both the person served and their families. Our treatments
are guided by their preferences and goals. The person served is provided
with resources that emphasize wellness and an active lifestyle. Our skilled
clinicians communicate and collaborate with other healthcare providers
involved in the care of the person served.
The program offers a variety of services that optimize function, promote
healthy lifestyles, provide psychological and coping skills, emphasize
participation in life roles and educate the person served and their families.
Our program offers the following services to address these impairments:
Physiatry (doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation)
Social work and case management
Prosthetic, Orthotic and wheelchair clinics
Persons Served are admitted to our inpatient rehabilitation facility where
they receive 3 hours of individualized therapy services per day under
the direct care of a physiatrist. There is medical coverage 24 hours per
day, 7 days per week as well as nursing care. The typical length of stay
is approximately 15 days; however this may be shorter or longer depending
on needs of the person served. Persons served are commonly referred from
hospitals in Brooklyn and Manhattan, including Kingsbrook Jewish Medical
Center. Payers of our services are typically from Medicare/Medicaid and
managed care plans. Additional fees may apply on an individualized basis.
While in our program, persons served have access to medical specialists,
surgical specialists, laboratory, pharmacy and radiologic services 24
hours per day, 7 days per week as needed.
Outcomes: Persons served in our program make significant functional gains and the
majority of them return back to the community following discharge. For
those who cannot return back to the community, our social work and case
management staff work closely with them to ensure a safe discharge to
the most appropriate setting.
Admission Criteria: Persons served must meet the following criteria to enter the program:
Medically Stable to tolerate 3 hours of therapy per day
Motivated to participate in the program
In need of rehabilitation nursing services
In need of close medical monitoringby a physician while undergoing the program
Have goals that can be met through an inpatient rehabilitation program
Discharge Criteria: Persons served are discharged if they meet one or more of the following criteria
Have reached the goals set by the person served and treating staff members
Person served cannot tolerate 3 hours of therapy services per day
Person served lacks the motivation to participate in the program
Person served does not require close medical monitoring by a physician.
Person served does not require rehabilitation nursing services.
A significant change in the medical condition of the person served that
limits the ability to tolerate the rehabilitation program
Contact Information: 718-604-5341
Location: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center 585 Schenectady Avenue Brooklyn NY 11203