Mayo Clinic doctors trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation and other staff offer a full range of brain rehabilitation treatment options for you, from intensive hospital care through outpatient and community-based services.
Mayo Clinic doctors and other staff trained in brain rehabilitation become involved in providing and coordinating your care as soon as you arrive at the hospital. They work closely with the hospital treatment team, initiating your rehabilitation assessment and treatment while closely monitoring your progress and planning for the next step. Brain rehabilitation specialists play a central role in teaching you and your family about your condition.
If you need further rehabilitation treatment after your condition has stabilized, you'll be admitted to the state-of-the-art inpatient brain rehabilitation unit at Saint Marys Hospital, one of Mayo Clinic's hospitals in Rochester, Minn. Rooms, therapy and social areas in the unit are designed to provide you and your family with a comfortable atmosphere. Each room has plenty of space to accommodate wheelchairs and other equipment.
The unit has a patio for easy access to the outdoors, a lounge area and laundry facilities. A specially designed apartment is available where you can practice and improve daily living skills.
In inpatient rehabilitation, your treatment team will help you to transition to living independently at home or in another type of independent living facility. Your team will work with you to help improve physical, mental and behavioral functioning. Your therapy and treatment will depend on your individual needs. Brain rehabilitation specialists will work with you and your family to discuss treatment goals and determine ways to meet these goals.
Outpatient rehabilitation focuses on helping you improve your physical, mental and behavioral functioning so that you can live and work as independently as possible after your condition has stabilized.
You'll be evaluated by staff in the Brain Rehabilitation Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to determine which outpatient program or combination of treatments most appropriately meets your needs. If you need a new-patient evaluation, ask your doctor to make a referral to Mayo Clinic. An evaluation team reviews referrals prior to your evaluation to ensure that the appropriate doctors and staff are involved.
Your evaluation may include referrals to any member of the brain rehabilitation team. Your treatment team may include doctors trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapists, and other specialists. Treatment team members work with you and your family to establish your treatment start date, create your treatment goals and determine ways for you to meet those goals. The team meets regularly to monitor your treatment and progress.
Mayo Clinic staff members can also help you find local housing, transportation and financial assistance for medical expenses. The rehabilitation nurse, neuropsychologist, clinical social worker and other specialists are available to provide family education and support. Your family and friends are encouraged to participate in many program activities.
The Brain Rehabilitation Clinic offers several outpatient programs, including:
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