Traumatic Brain Injury

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People with a brain injury are likely to have difficulty with memory, communication, thinking and reasoning skills. They may also have problems maintaining appropriate behavior in social situations.

The Inpatient Brain Injury Program at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute offers a supportive, therapeutic environment for adults and adolescents with brain injuries. Through comprehensive, structured, interdisciplinary rehabilitation programming, patients are assisted in reaching their highest possible level of independence in order to return to their community

University Post-Acute Care Services has created a system of brain injury rehabilitation with services at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute. This inpatient/outpatient system allows University Post-Acute Care Services to provide appropriate services for individuals with a range of medical and physical problems, from the comatose and ventilator-dependent to the physically independent, but cognitively impaired.

Our team consists of several different specialists, including neurologists and specialized therapists, so that our patients received personalized treatment plans and ongoing care designed to help the patient work toward their rehabilitation goals.

Learn more about the treatment approach and treatment team that will care for you.

Staff helping a person at Brain Injury Gym

Brain Injury Support Group

University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute offers a brain injury support group for people with a brain injury, and their families/caregivers. There is also a weekly brain injury education program offered to families/caregivers. An additional resource, located near the brain injury unit, is the Brain Injury Association for Maryland. Click here for more information on the Brain Injury Support Group.

Patient Care

A patient's interdisciplinary team holds weekly meetings to discuss and evaluate his or her progress and care. Family/caregiver conferences - attended by the interdisciplinary team, the patient, and his or her family members/caregivers - are arranged as needed to review the patient's medical status, capability for independent functioning and rehabilitation goals. During these conferences, family members/caregivers are encouraged to ask questions and express any concerns they may have about their loved one's progress, discharge and at-home care needs.

Family Involvement

Family involvement in brain injury rehabilitation is paramount. The Inpatient Brain Injury Program features an array of educational offerings designed to train family members/caregivers on the techniques needed to assist their loved one and to help them understand the effects of brain injuries. Family and caregiver and support groups are also available.

The Brain Injury Program at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is separate from other patient care units, has its own dining and activity areas, and features state-of-the-art patient care areas. The comfortable settings reduce anxiety, promote quicker recovery, and maintain patients' dignity and quality of life.

The Low Level Brain Injury Program available at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute provides medical and rehabilitative treatment to help bring patients to their highest level of functioning. When patients recover enough to participate in an inpatient brain injury recovery program, they are transferred to the Rehabilitation Program at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute. For those patients whose recovery will take longer, the staff assists families/caregivers in making plans for placement at other levels of care.

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute provides individualized, goal-directed rehabilitation services to help each patient achieve the highest possible level of physical, cognitive and behavioral function preparation for return to the community. Multiple approaches to therapy focus on the improvement of daily living skills. Patients in this program may be offered therapy six days a week - based on the needs and tolerance of the patient. While at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, patients have access to outstanding rehabilitation facilities, including well-equipped gyms, a 48-foot hydrotherapy pool, healing garden, sports courts and beautiful grounds.

University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute's Brain Injury Program is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a Brain Injury Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Program.

Outpatient Follow-up Care

As patients and their families/caregivers prepare for discharge, the rehabilitation team will introduce them to University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute's broad array of outpatient therapy services. These services, all of which follow a coordinated plan of care, include neuropsychological follow-up care; speech-language pathology; occupational and physical therapies; and physician care.

Team members may also put patients and families/caregivers in contact with community-based clinical support services. For more information about outpatient therapy services, please call 410-448-6599.

To refer a patient to our brain injury rehabilitation program, or for more information, contact the University Post-Acute Care Referral Service at 410-328-8680.