After the hospital, what kind of care is right for my family member?

What comes next? After the hospital, this depends on the severity of the injury and on type of insurance the person has.

For severe injuries, your loved one may need to spend time in a skilled nursing facility.

Inpatient rehabilitation is done during a stay in a rehabilitation facility. Outpatient rehabilitation can be done in your home or during appointments at the rehabilitation facility.

Rehabilitation services are varied to meet the needs of each person after brain injury. They may include such therapies as:

  • Speech-language therapy
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Counseling

If your loved one has physical impacts from the injury, you may need to obtain equipment to support his or her progress. Some examples are:

  • Wheelchair
  • Cane
  • Communication device
  • Shower chair
  • Standing frame

Every brain injury is different. Your social worker at the hospital will help you understand the services and equipment that are best for your loved one.

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