Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury Long-Term Care Facilities
Every year, more than three million adults and children sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) — a major cause of death for both adults and children in the United States. As a long-term care facility for brain injury patients, HealthBridge serves TBI rehab patients ready to leave the hospital as well as those no longer able to have their needs met at home.
Many of our patients also reduce the length of their hospital stays because our community-based facilities offer advanced catastrophic injury care capabilities, including halo care, ventilation and trach care, feeding tubes and VAC care for wounds that are still in need of healing.
HealthBridge gives all our patients the opportunity to recover and advance in their independence in a family-friendly setting, while receiving active, personalized therapy and benefitting from a high staff-to-patient ratio.
Best Brain Trauma Rehab Facilities
At HealthBridge, offering the best acquired and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation means support and care from a team of doctors, nurses and therapists who are experienced in systematically implementing highly individualized care plans informed by the most up-to-date brain injury and neurological medicine. It’s an approach to complex care and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation that has provided proven results for decades, while shortening the length of expensive hospital stays.
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Commonly Asked Questions
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a disruption of normal function of the brain caused by sudden trauma such as a penetrating head injury, blow, jolt, bump or concussion
Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) for adults over 65, while automobile accidents account for most traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in young adults.
There are a multitude of signs indicating a traumatic brain injury (TBI), including loss or decreased level of consciousness, seizure, significant vision impairment, nausea and vomiting.
Effective post-acute care for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) patient will include ongoing medication and rehabilitation therapies, including long-term physical, speech, cognitive and occupational therapy. In addition, the treatment team should include psychological counseling to provide necessary tools for the patient to cope with significant health and lifestyle changes.
Depending upon the severity of the traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the level of consistent dedicated rehabilitation, a full recovery is possible. However, a patient’s prognosis can actually deteriorate without ongoing rehabilitation.
The significance of the head trauma will usually dictate long-term effects, which could include: memory loss, headaches, vision impairment, dizziness, seizures, difficulty with verbal communication, balance struggles, fatigue and mood swings. In addition, the impacted area of the brain can determine what the results. For instance, the frontal lobe (forehead) controls reasoning, judgement and impulse control. An injury to the left side of the brain can lead to long-term changes to language and speech. A right-brain injury causes a disconnect in processing visual information.
A brain injury with lasting physical or mental impairment can be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Disability benefits will only be approved if the injury meets the requirements listed in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book. However, the application process is tedious and takes up to 120 days to complete. Only 30 percent of applicants are approved at this stage. The remaining 70 percent of applicants denied benefits will face a lengthy and difficult appeals process.
KEY TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI) STATISTICS
- Nearly 3 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. Nearly 60,000 die yearly as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- While approximately 40 percent of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur from falls, sports-related injuries account for more than 10 percent of all traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
- Males are estimated to be 1.5 times more likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) than women and because of high risk behaviors these injuries are typically more severe.
- Most brain injury recovery happens within the first two years, making the selection of the right post-acute rehabilitation facility and care team critical.