Brain Injury Program

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Inpatient Brain Injury Program

For over 30 years, Cardinal Hill has been helping individuals rebuild their lives after brain injury.  Accredited by CARF*, this signature Brain Injury Program treats persons of all ages who have experienced brain injury through trauma, vascular injury or infectious disease, resulting in mild to severe cognitive and physical deficits.

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icon Brain Injury 2012 Patient Outcomes

Patient Story: Chris Campbell


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CARF_Seal_108pxPatients work with experienced professionals who specialize in treating both traumatic and non-traumatic injuries. Cardinal Hill’s state-of-the-art facility and team of Certified Brain Injury Specialists create an atmosphere that supports the patient and family’s recovery and progress.

The Brain Injury Treatment Team

For a smooth transition to inpatient rehabilitation, the brain injury team maintains communication with referring physicians, while focusing on the patient’s rehabilitative needs.  In addition to the Patient, Family and Caregiver, members of the treatment team may include:

•  Physician
•  Rehabilitation Nurse
•  Physical Therapist
•  Occupational Therapist
•  Speech Language Pathologist
•  Respiratory Therapist
•  Certified School Teacher
•  Care Manager/ Social Worker
•  Neuropsychologist
•  Psychologist
•  Dietician
•  Pharmacist
•  Chaplain

Family members are included in the treatment team, and we encourage active family participation as the patient works to achieve functional goals.  A rehabilitation physician and nurse are available 24 hours a day, attending to each patient daily.  Every patient is treated as an individual while working to achieve personal rehabilitation goals. Individual counseling, support groups, family education and referrals for community resources are all available.  Family support is a key element in successful rehabilitation experience following brain injury.

Program Features

Along with Medical Management, the plan of care may include:

•  Cognitive Retraining
•  Innovative Technology and Equipment
•  Swallowing Evaluation and Retraining
•  Diet and Medication Teaching
•  Behavior Modification
•  Neuropsychological Evaluation
•  Customized Wheelchair Seating and Orthotics
•  Therapeutic Community Reentry Activities
•  Prevocational Evaluation
•  Home and Work Evaluation
•  Driving Evaluation
•  Aquatic Therapy
•  Recreational  Activities
•  Early Childhood Education Consultation

*CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.

Follow-up Services

As discharge from the inpatient phase approaches, the team recommends a plan for ongoing rehabilitation. A follow - up visit with a Cardinal Hill physician may be scheduled, and the physician Discharge Summary is sent to referring physicians in acute care and to primary care physicians at home.  Referrals are made for home health or outpatient therapy services according to the individual’s needs.  For patients planning to return to school, the team works with local school staff to ensure a successful transition back to the academic setting.  At the time of discharge, changes may be recommended in the patient’s general medical management, home program or home equipment.

Cardinal Hill provides a full range of services to accommodate entry into the rehabilitation process at any level of treatment after brain injury.  In addition to the inpatient program, services include:

     •  Outpatient Therapy Services
     •  Outpatient Medical Day Program
     •  Outpatient Medical Clinic
     •  Home Health Care
     •  Concussion Management/Mild TBI Clinic
     •  Wellness Programs

To make a referral or for more information call (859) 367-7120

Located in the scenic Bluegrass Region of Lexington, KY, Cardinal Hill is known as the region’s premier physical rehabilitation hospital.  For thousands of patients we treat, the most important accomplishments of our services are the result we produce.

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Community Partnership

Kentucky AgrAbility
Cardinal Hill is a partner with the University of Kentucky AgrAbility program. AgrAbility is designed to help farmers keep farming after illness and injury. AgrAbility provides services such as: on-farm help like modifying equipment and tools, help finding financial support for assistive technology and farm modifications, and educational programs for farmers. Please visit the AgrAbility website for more information.  The link is located under the Related Information tab below.

For additional information regarding Brain Injury, look under the Related Information tab below.


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