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.

In the weeks after a brain injury, significant physical, cognitive and behavior changes are common. We help you regain the ability to do all the tasks necessary for daily living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, walking and using the bathroom.

We use many techniques to strengthen 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 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. Examples include:

  • a partial body weight support system
  • electrical stimulation including Bioness L-300 and H200
  • standing frames
  • specialty wheelchairs
  • the Proprio 4000, a computer controlled balance platform

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

Improvements following brain injury usually happen fast in the early phase of recovery. Full recovery often takes months. Once discharged from the hospital, most patients need additional therapy. Memorial provides outpatient rehab services and works 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 217-788-3300 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or email us

Frequently asked questions about brain injury.