Inpatient Acquired Brain Injury Program FAQ
Q: When can my family visit?
A: The Inpatient Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program serves a special population of patients who present with unique needs. To provide the best care for our patients, we try to limit the noise and activity levels on the ABI unit while allowing our patients frequent rest breaks between therapy sessions. One way we maintain this therapeutic environment is by limiting the number of outside visitors on the unit.
An exception to these general guidelines applies to family members who will serve as primary caregivers after the patient leaves the hospital to go home:
- Family members who will be primary caregivers will be allowed on the unit at times other than those stated above for the purpose of caregiver training and education.
- One designated caregiver at a time can be present on the unit outside of general visiting hours.
Q: What is my therapy schedule?
A: Patients on the ABI unit typically have 3 to 4 hours of therapy per day during the week, an hour of therapy on Saturday, and limited therapy on Sunday. Patients are seen for an hour and a half each day for physical therapy and occupational therapy in a gym within the ABI unit and they are given therapy schedules each evening for the following day. Recreation therapy and speech therapy is also provided 30 minutes to an hour each day.
Q: What is the difference between physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy?
A: Physical Therapy focuses specifically on improving an individual’s strength, balance, range of motion, and ability to move. Physical therapists are often said to help patients with their gross motor skills (i.e., walking, balancing, transferring, lifting, etc.)
Occupational Therapy focuses primarily on evaluating and improving an individual’s functional skills and their ability to perform activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, driving, and home management. Occupational therapists are often said to help patients regain fine motor control (i.e., manipulate small objects)
Speech Therapy focuses on receptive language, or the ability to understand words spoken to you, and expressive language, or the ability to use words to express yourself. It also deals with the mechanics of producing words, such as articulation, pitch, fluency, and volume in addition to swallowing problems.