Regional Brain Injury Center
The 21-bed center at Southside Hospital is the only New York State-designated, hospital-based adult brain injury rehabilitation center on Long Island. The center accepts patients for treatment of:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Brain injury related to oxygen deprivation
- Brain tumors
- Multiple sclerosis
- Brain injury accompanying spinal cord injury
- Parkinson's Disease
Patients enter the program as soon as possible after injury or sudden illness and receive intensive evaluation and treatment in an experienced, nurturing environment. They are treated under the guidance of a board-certified physiatrist. A team of licensed rehabilitation professionals works individually with patients and their families.
Criteria for Admission
To be admitted to the Regional Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation, patients must be medically stable and able to take part in a rehabilitation program. Families are encouraged to visit the Regional Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation for a tour and to discuss the rehabilitation program. To make an appointment for a tour, please call the admitting coordinator at (631) 968-3446.
What to Expect
After patients are examined by the physiatrist (a doctor specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation) and a treatment plan is developed, they will spend three hours a day in active physical, speech and occupational rehabilitation therapy, as their conditions permit. They also may receive an hour a day of neuropsychological therapy for:
- Cognitive abnormalities, or disorders in thinking, remembering and organizing information
- Memory impairment
- Problem-solving dysfunction
- Lack of inhibition
- Lack of motivation
- Decreased intellectual ability
- Decreased attention span
Preparing for Life
Patients also will learn compensatory strategies to make the most of their gains and to compensate for reduced or lost abilities. The program places a special emphasis on preparing patients to re-enter their communities safely and take the next steps in rehabilitation. As in other rehabilitation programs at Southside Hospital, providing family support and teaching families supportive skills is a priority.
Balance and Dizziness Rehabilitation
Patients having difficulty with balance and dizziness may take part in the balance and vestibular rehabilitation program whose therapists use complex technologies to evaluate balance, inner ear function, and the risk of falls, then design a treatment program. Special exercises programs can relieve vertigo and dizziness, improve balance and prevent falls. The program can benefit persons with:
- Inner ear disorders
- Elderly dysequilibrium
- Chronic falls
- Stroke involving the balance centers of the brain
- Early Parkinson's Disease
- Mild traumatic brain injury
- Post-concussive syndrome
- Other balance system disorders
- Recreation therapy
The brain injury rehabilitation program also incorporates recreation therapy into daily activities using crafts, games, music, and discussions of current events, to reinforce what patients learn in other therapies.
Length of Stay
On average, patients stay in the Regional Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation about three weeks.