Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Traumatic Brain Injury RehabilitationA Personal Approach to Care

At Helen Hayes Hospital’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Rehabilitation Program, patients benefit from a full range of rehabilitative services dedicated to enabling them to resume active, independent lives. Our philosophy is to let the patient be our guide, helping our skilled specialists design an individualized treatment plan to meet the patient’s specific needs and goals.

Each patient receives treatment from a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team under the direction of a board certified physician specializing in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Working collaboratively toward the patient’s goals, the team consists of physical, occupational and speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses, case managers, neuropsychologists, vocational counselors and other committed professionals.


Traumatic brain injury affects a person’s total way of life, which is why it is vital to have a comprehensive continuum of care to address a patient’s full spectrum of needs. Individuals who have sustained injury due to trauma, cerebral aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage, anoxia, brain tumor or infection, such as encephalitis, can all benefit from rehabilitation at Helen Hayes because of our extensive range of services.

The program treats the complex effects of brain injury, such as difficulty walking, communicating, eating and dressing, limitations in memory and thinking skills and social, emotional and cognitive issues.

The Best of Care… The Best of Results

The strength of our program is its extensive range of services, offering a smooth continuum of care. Patients can be admitted directly into our Neuro-Recovery (Coma) Program, where they receive round-the-clock care. Following Inpatient rehabilitation, patients can be discharge into our outpatient therapy programs. The Transitional Rehabilitation Program, designed exclusively for individuals with traumatic brain injury, program serves as an important final step in transitioning back to the community. This extensive continuum of care is vital to our patients’ recovery. Furthermore, our patients benefit from our collaborative approach to treatment, with caregivers tracking a patient’s progress through the recovery process.

Neuro-Recovery (Coma) Program

Patients are admitted directly from an acute care facility and receive ventilator and tracheostomy support and weaning. Care is provided round-the-clock, with all of the necessary adaptive support and stimulation to achieve two purposes: to help the patient emerge from the coma and to prevent secondary complications. Therapists provide structured and organized sensory stimulation, including touch, vision, sound, movement and aroma therapy. Simultaneously, therapists work to preserve the patient’s physical condition through flexibility and range of motion exercises and splinting and serial casting, as necessary. Medications to stimulate the brain are also utilized. Based on the physician’s neurological assessment, the rehabilitation team also provides oximetry monitoring, tracheostomy care and suctioning, psychological services, and nutritional intervention.

Specialized Care Services

Patients are admitted to the inpatient rehabilitation program either directly from an acute care hospital, or are transferred from the coma recovery unit when they are medically ready to participate in rehabilitation. Each patient receives treatment from a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team under the direction of a board certified physician specializing in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.

The acute rehabilitation program provides a full spectrum of services to help the patient resume full living, including:

  • Dedicated 24-bed TBI Unit and therapy gym
  • Physical Therapy to restore mobility & strength
  • Occupational Therapy to restore the activities of daily living
  • Speech Language Therapy
  • Dysphagia/swallowing therapy including videoflouroscopy & neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Neuropsychological services
  • State-of-the-art therapeutic equipment including: Armeo®, SaeboFlex™, Bioness®, treadmill training & VitalStim, FEES
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Ventilator Weaning & Management
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Rehabilitation Nursing & 24/7 on-site physician care
  • Psychiatry & Psychology Services
  • Services of the Center for Rehabilitation Technology
  • Medication Evaluation & Optimization
  • Nutrition Education
  • Patient & Family Education
  • Recreational Therapy Services
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Driver Education & Training
  • Home & Food Management Center
  • Case Management & Discharge Planning
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group
  • Virtual Reality Therapy

For family and friends traveling long distances who wish to visit with our patients with brain injury, the hospital makes dormitory rooms available for overnight stays. This also allows loved ones to fully participate in the rehabilitation process, offering comfort and support and becoming educated as to the patient’s needs.

The Helen Hayes Hospital Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program is JCAHO and CARF Accredited.



For more information, please contact the Helen Hayes Admission Referral Center:
1-888-70-REHAB ext. 4535
To schedule a guided tour, call 845-786-4233

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