The inpatient component of Gaylord's Brain Injury program treats patients emerging from coma following injury. The hospital also offers an on-site transitional living program, a day treatment program, and a neurobehavioral program.
Traumatic Brain Injury Program
Patients with brain injury are guided through a continuum of care that takes them from post-coma stages through community reentry. This may include some or all of the following:
An Early Recovery Brain Injury program is available for patients who are not yet able to tolerate an aggressive therapy schedule, but are expected to progress to a traditional, intensive rehabilitation program.
The care team begins planning for the patient's treatment even before his or her arrival. Since every brain injury is different, an individualized program is developed based on the person's specific needs. Various rehabilitation services are added to physical and occupational therapies because brain injuries often profoundly affect major body systems, including those that enable a person to speak, comprehend, reason and remember. An academic group is available to assist patients with the relearning process.
Extensive neuropsychological and physical services help patients regain sensorimotor, speech and behavioral skills. All aspects of the program are therapeutic in nature. Eating breakfast or taking a lunch break provides an opportunity to practice physical as well as psychosocial skills under the supervision of specially trained professionals.
Gaylord remains committed to helping people adapt to disability created by brain injury—even after discharge as an inpatient. Outpatient rehabilitation maximizes independence and community reintegration skills. Throughout all levels of treatment, family members are encouraged to remain involved in the rehabilitation process. Support group meetings and Gaylord's family education series provide guidance for family members learning to adapt to a loved one's brain injury. In seeking ways to improve their coping skills, many patients and their families benefit from the hospital's psychology department and the chaplain's office.
- Gaylord's family education lectures and support group meetings facilitate understanding of brain injury.
- Referring physicians are informed of their patients' progress.
- The day treatment program is an intensive outpatient service designed to improve the function and independence of people with brain injury through:
- Cognitive and behavioral retraining
- Psychosocial counseling
- Individual and group sessions
- Patients ready to practice independent living skills may be eligible for admission to the Traurig Transitional Living Center on the Wallingford campus. The freestanding, eight-bed house offers patients the chance to practice problem-solving techniques and enhance social skills through peer interaction.
Brain Injury Resources
Brain Injury Association of Connecticut (BIACT)
Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) /National Center on Caregiving
27 Life-Changing iPhone and iPad Apps for People with Brain Injury
For Inpatient call the Admissions Office: (203) 284-2810
For Outpatient Appointments: (203) 284-2888
For Traurig House Admissions: (203) 741-3488 or (203) 284-2773