from members of the medical team such as the physiatrist, various therapists, rehabilitation nurses, neuropsychologists, and social workers.
“During the surgery that followed, complications set in resulting
in aphasia, which essentially erased Don’s prior ability to speak, read, write and do math. He knew what he wanted to say, but any words other than ‘yes’ and ‘no’ came out as gibberish. Even something as simple as the alphabet was no longer recognizable and had to be relearned during hours of intensive rehabilitation.”
Following acute hospital care, patients will likely undergo extensive rehabilitation to regain everyday functioning. The types of rehabilitation required will depend upon the location and extent of the injury as well as on the individual patient’s needs. Length of rehabilitation will also vary, from several weeks to several months, possibly even years.
Types of Rehabilitation Patients may undergo one or more of several types of therapies:
Physical therapy—Help regain physical movement and function
Occupational therapy— Help regain fine motor skills
Speech therapy— Help regain normal or alternate forms of communication, may include assistance with memory and thinking process
Cognitive rehabilitation—Address difficulties with memory, attention, planning, problem-solving, organization, behavior, and social communication
Each of these types of therapies is performed or managed by the