Brain Injury Program

Memorial's Traumatic Brain Injury Program offers a broad range of services for head injury patients, from trauma care through outpatient rehabilitation. A Neurologic Special Care Unit is available for patients who require a higher nurse-patient ratio and intensive monitoring. We specialize in treatment of both traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury.

Our Goals

  • To address the many life changes brought about by brain injury
  • To provide the brain injury patient and his and her family with needed tools and resources
  • To help the patient return home with family as soon as appropriate

About our program

Memorial Rehab Services' inpatient brain injury rehabilitation program is an interdisciplinary treatment program for people recovering from brain injury. To address the many life changes brought about by brain injury, we've designed an intensive treatment program to focus on the patient and the family.

Significant physical, cognitive and behavioral changes are typically observed in the weeks following a brain injury. Our focus is to train the brain injury patient to resume basic functions of daily living. We emphasize techniques for bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, toileting and mobility.

We use many techniques to begin strengthening attention, memory, judgment and communication. Early on, we help the family understand the changes brought about by brain injury and prepare them to help their loved one to perform basic self-care.

Technology and evidenced-based practice are used to ensure treatment models are up-to-date and incorporate the latest advances in brain injury research to maximize functional return. Examples include: a partial body weight support system, electrical stimulation including Bioness L-300 and H200, standing frames, specialty wheelchairs, and the Proprio 4000, a computer controlled balance platform.

The rehab physician, nurses and therapists will help patients understand their diagnosis and prognosis for recovery. Family members are encouraged to participate in the rehabilitation process. The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program provides support, education, training and resource referrals when appropriate. Staff members also offer strategies to family members for assisting the patient's progress and transition to home.

Improvements following brain injury are typically rapid in the early phase of recovery. The inpatient experience comprises only a small portion of recovery, which often lasts for many months. Once discharged, most patients need additional therapy to maximize their recoveries. Memorial provides outpatient rehab services and works in cooperation with home health agencies to make home therapy service available. We coordinate with other facilities that may be closer to home and with appropriate state agencies to help patients and families receive the services they need.

For more information, call 217-788-3302 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or email us.

Frequently asked questions about brain injuries