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  • Transitional Rehabilitation Program for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury

    For a survivor of traumatic brain injury (TBI), the transition to living in the community can be overwhelming, frustrating and downright scary. The myriad of choices and demands of everyday living are often more than the individual can confidently handle. Yet most survivors strive to regain some semblance of a normal and productive life.

    Following inpatient rehabilitation, most individuals with TBI need ongoing supportive services to help them adjust to their new limitations and become as independent as possible. The Transitional Rehabilitation Program provides service coordination, counseling, life skills training, behavioral programming and social and recreational opportunities, along with whatever it may take, to help participants begin the next phase of their life. Services are provided in an outpatient congregate setting, with the goals of improving or maintaining the participant’s skills and ability to live as independently as possible in the community, including a return to school or work, as appropriate.

    The hospital-based service meets the designation of a structured day program as defined by the New York State TBI Waiver Program.

    Each participant has their own primary staff, who is charged with developing, securing and coordinating services in the home and the community. The staff collaborates with the individual and family to ensure that all services are being provided and received effectively.

    Upon admission to the program, participants receive a cognitive/behavior assessment that serves as the basis for the individual and team members to develop a productive plan.

    An important focus of the Transitional Rehabilitation program is independent living skills training. Staff provides training and assistance with self-care, medication management, money management, and future planning. They also accompany participants on trips out into the community, including the mall, drugstore or supermarket. There are fun trips, too, such as to the movies, to see a play or to go hiking, to encourage socialization and confidence, and helps to re-orient survivors to “real life.” As they re-learn and practice skills they once took for granted, participants become more confident about their ability to survive outside the protective hospital environment.

    Participants can utilize resources within the rehabilitation hospital, such as Physical, Occupational, Recreational and Speech Therapy, vocational rehabilitation, Adapted Driving Program, and the Wellness Center and Aquatic Therapy. Through daily support meetings, they practice interpersonal communications and ways to reduce fear and anxiety. There is also education about the brain, and how their brain was affected by their injury. A professional facilitates meetings and the participant’s progress will be measured.

    With the support of the Transitional Rehabilitation Program and the HHH medical, psychological and therapy staff, survivors of traumatic brain injury receive the vital support needed to reintegrate into the community.

    For additional information, or to make a referral to the TBI Transitional Rehabilitation Program, contact Renee Reichenbach at (845) 786-4044, or reichenbachr@helenhayeshosp.org

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