Choosing a Rehabilitation Hospital for Your Loved One
What should family members and patients be looking for when considering programs following a brain injury? Well, as far as post-acute care is concerned, I think the main things are that you want a program that deals with a reasonable volume of similar types of patients. You want a program where there is, hopefully, an interdisciplinary-- or what is termed trans-disciplinary treatment approach, ideally, with involvement of a good behavioral psychologist or a functionally-oriented neuropsychologist and a physician-- not necessarily a physiatrist, but a physician who understands brain injury who might be a neuropsychiatrist, a neurologist, or a physiatrist. I think those are probably the three most common. And I think you need to feel comfortable visiting the programs, talking with staff before making a decision about whether that is the place for your loved one.
Dr. Nathan Zasler, an internationally respected physician specialist in brain injury care and rehabilitation, talks about what's important when choosing a rehab hospital for a loved one with TBI.
This is an excerpt from BrainLine's webcast Caregiving and TBI: What You Need to Know. See full webcast here.
Posted on BrainLine May 27, 2011.