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The Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (WDH) Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation Day Program is a comprehensive approach for patients with acquired brain injury such as stroke, brain tumor, neurological conditions or traumatic brain injury. The patient will be evaluated by the interdisciplinary team who will initiate an individualized plan of care. Patients with neurological diagnoses requiring two or more therapies (PT, OT and ST) are rounded on biweekly, led by our Physiatrist Medical Director, Dr. Barry Gendron.

The WDH Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation Day Program offers therapeutic services to help improve cognition, communication, physical and social deficits to improve the individual’s independence within the community and return to work. Based on the individualized patient treatment program, community resources including Prosthetics, Orthotics, Vocational Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology may be accessed to maximize patient outcomes.

The Physiatrist, a Medical Doctor specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, leads the interdisciplinary team to accomplish unified goals: 

Physical Therapy: 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 exercise
  • 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 Therapy: 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: 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

Social Work Services: The Social Worker’s role is to provide follow up for outpatients as needed. Social Work Services may include:

  • Community resources
  • Psychosocial support
  • Return to work individual’s independence within the community and return to work

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has a Care-Van for Rehabilitation patients who are unable to provide their own transportation and have no other regular, reliable and appropriate means of transportation, either public or private such as by bus, family members or friends. The Care-Van is able to accommodate ambulatory and wheelchair bound patients. The Care-Van operates Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30 p.m., excluding major holidays.

For more information, please contact, WDH Neurological Day Program Navigator, Kathleen Blinn at (603) 609-6132 or fax (603) 609-6133.

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Phone: (603) 742-5252
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