An injury to the brain can often cause changes in a patient's behavior. Sometimes these changes are subtle and adaptable. Other times, the patient's behavior can become an obstacle to recovery and may even endanger the patient and/or others.
For this reason, the Acquired Brain Injury Program staff monitors the patient's behavior and implements formalized behavior management plans. These plans are developed by the rehab team in conjunction with the patient and/or family and serve to enhance patient participation and satisfaction while addressing individual goals.
Family members are educated on positive reinforcement for desired behaviors and response strategies for inappropriate behaviors.
These formalized plans are monitored daily and require a consistent team and family effort. Several special features of our program which focus on the patient's behavior and recovery include:
- Keeping a consistent health care team
- Maintaining a calm approach with patients
- Reducing stimulation in the environment, such as activity and noise levels
- Providing routines for patients
- Providing a secure unit which allows for greater mobility of patients
We recommend the following visiting hours for the Acquired Brain Injury Unit so that we can focus on optimizing patients' recovery. In the event your family needs to visit at a different time or more frequently, please contact your care coordinator to develop a visiting plan.
Brain Injury Unit
Weekends: 2pm-8pm (Sat), 10:30am-8pm (Sun)
To address the unique needs of patients on the Acquired Brain Injury Unit, there are additional guidelines:
- There should be no more than two visitors at a time for each patient during visiting hours. A designated caregiver may be present outside visiting hours.
- Visitors must be at least 12 years old, but off-unit opportunities to visit with patients can be arranged.