Our Neurological Rehabilitation Day Program at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is a comprehensive outpatient program for people with acquired brain injury such as stroke, brain tumor, neurological conditions or traumatic brain injury.
The Program offers therapeutic services to help improve cognition, communication, physical and social deficits and to promote the individual’s independence within the community including return to work.
During the first days of attendance, each new patient will be evaluated by the WDH interdisciplinary team who will initiate an individualized treatment program. Patients with neurological diagnoses requiring two or more types of therapy will be seen by our Medical Director, Physiatrist Barry Gendron, DO. WDH staff will connect patients with support resources such as prosthetics, orthotics, vocational rehabilitation and neuropsychology as needed.
The Program includes Physical, Occupational, Speech-Language Therapy and Social Work Services.
Physical therapy develops an individual treatment plan to meet specific needs of each client. The PT team focuses on client outcomes to achieve maximum functional potential. Physical Therapy may include:
- Balance and neuromuscular re-education
- Smart Balance Master
- Gait training
- Functional mobility training
- Strength and endurance exercises
- Pain management
- Coordination exercises
- Family education
- Aquatic therapy
- Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training
- Head positional testing and treatment for BPPV
- Neuromuscular electrical stimulation to facilitate functional movement
Occupational therapists promote independence and safety with activities of daily living. These activities include, but are not limited to self care, home maintenance, leisure and community skills. OT evaluates the sensory, motor, perceptual and cognitive deficits, which interfere with living independently. OT also develops a treatment plan to address these issues. Occupational Therapy may include:
- Coordination and dexterity exercises
- ADL retraining
- Activity modification
- Energy conservation
- Visual/perceptual retraining/modification
- Adaptive equipment recommendations
- Functional electrical stimulation (FES) to facilitate movement
- BTE Work simulator training to improve strength and endurance
Speech-Language Pathology evaluates and treats individuals with difficulties in the areas of speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice and swallowing. They provide a holistic, client-centered approach to rehabilitation that promotes family and client involvement throughout the process. The goal is to assist clients in reaching their highest level of independence and functioning in daily life. Speech-Language Therapy may include:
- Cognitive-Communication therapy (addressing attention, memory, reasoning, problem solving,
executive functioning, pragmatics, safety awareness)
- Voice therapy
- Swallowing therapy including videofluoroscopic evaluations and vital stim. therapy
- Speech and Language therapy
- Development of alternative-augmentative communication system
- Family education
For more information, please call (603) 609-6132.