Our Approach to Care
If you’re coping with neurological impairment – whether as a result of disease, medical treatment or injury – Gaylord’s Neurological Rehabilitation program is designed to optimize your functional ability and help you return to your community. Using an interdisciplinary team approach, we’ll work with you and your family to develop a personalized plan for rehabilitation. Your plan will include realistic goals to help improve your mobility, as well as your dressing, eating, memory, comprehension and communication skills.
Your rehabilitation team will include experts from a variety of specialties including Rehabilitation Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech/Language Pathology, Care Management and Gaylord’s Medical Staff. Your team may also include specialists in Psychology, Nutritional Services, Respiratory Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation. Depending on your needs, the parameters of your rehabilitation program and your ability to participate, you will receive from 1 to 3 hours of therapy per day.
Over the past five years, our Neurological Rehabilitation program has helped nearly 200 patients. In surveys, 100% of our patients report that the program helped them achieve their goals. With clinical excellence and an environment of compassion, we rank among the leaders in Neurological Rehabilitation.
Our Neurological Rehabilitation program treats patients with a variety of different disorders. Typically, our patients have generalized poor endurance and strength, because of a neurological disorder or extensive surgical procedures, cancer, infection, or other organ problems. The disorders we treat include:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Guillain Barre´ Syndrome
- Post-Polio Syndrome
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
After admission to the program, an internist (or a physiatrist, a physician who specializes in rehabilitation medicine) will see the patient and determine how best to manage medications in combination with rehabilitation techniques.
Multiple Sclerosis Assessment Service
Gaylord’s Multiple Sclerosis Assessment Service is the only program of its kind in Connecticut that is directed by a physiatrist. The program focuses on evaluation and treatment, medication management and home care training. The program offers patients the most current approaches in spasticity management, such as:
- Baclofen Pump and Electrical Stimulation
- Nerve Blocks
- Use of Botox
- Wheelchair Assessment
- Swallowing Evaluations
- Adaptive Technology
Patients may benefit from Aquatic Therapy in Gaylord’s therapeutic pool. Aquatic Therapy uses water-based treatment techniques to help patients:
- Increase Range of Motion
- Relieve Pain and Muscle Spasms
- Improve Functional Ability
- Build Self-Confidence
LSVT® LOUD and LSVT® BIG Therapies
LSVT® LOUD is an effective speech treatment for people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurological conditions. LSVT® BIG is an exercise treatment program for people with Parkinson's disease (PD). Both programs are based on the principle that the brain can learn and change (neuroplasticity).
Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinic
This clinic evaluates and recommends devices and therapies designed to:
- Maximize Functional Mobility
- Provide Stability
- Prevent Deformity
Wheelchair Assessment Service
Conducted by registered physical therapists who are certified Assistive Technology Providers (ATPs), the Wheelchair Assessment Service starts with a comprehensive physical assessment. Then, advanced simulation technology is used to determine which type of assistive technology will meet the patient’s specific mobility goals and needs.
Neurological Program and Outcomes pdf
Inpatient Admissions: (203) 284-2810
Outpatient Appointments: (203) 284-2888