Improving Quality of Life for Both Patients and Their Support System Post Brain Injury

A shocking 917,000 Americans are diagnosed with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) each year, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. Specifically, an ABI is an injury to the brain that happens after birth and could include stroke, tumor, aneurysm, viral encephalitis, multiple sclerosis and anoxia/hypoxia.

Unfortunately, once a brain injury patient is considered stable, many insurance plans will not continue to cover a hospital stay, pushing the patient’s family members to consider —with the physicians—the best course of action. This often means that loved ones assume they can take the patient home and care for him or her there. The extent of care needed can be easily misunderstood, yet many family members feel a great responsibility to take on the caregiver role before all gains can be made in post-acute settings.

“The impact of a brain injury isn’t felt only by the patient. It is felt by the entire support network,” said Laura Wiggs, VP of Clinical Services with Mentis Neuro Health.

“It’s important to have a safe setting to address patients’ and family members’ concerns and create an individualized treatment plan that can help them adjust to a potential, new way of living,” Wiggs added. Mentis prides itself on delivering the highest level of post-acute neurorehabilitation to the patients it serves tailored to re-integrate patients back into their community as successfully as possible.

With services including in-patient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, day treatment and long-term residential care, Mentis customizes treatment plans to individual needs throughout the care continuum.

“We offer a lot of education both to the patient and their support system, which is absolutely critical,” Wiggs explained.

Finding customized treatment that will arm brain injury patients and their families with the tools, techniques and counseling to reintegrate into the community is a key part of the rehabilitative process. However, family members often think once patients are up, walking and talking, that they’re ready to resume activities formerly performed. Many times, the patients even say that they’re eager to return home and get back to work. Taking those steps too quickly can be detrimental for both the patient and the extended family. (See “Returning to Work after a Brain Injury: Fastest Isn’t Always Best” article for common risks.) Cognitive rehabilitation after a patient is released from the hospital often delivers the greatest likelihood for a return to normal life. This care continuum can help both brain injury patients and their loved ones to better understand the physical, cognitive, mental and emotional needs, and put a plan in place for patients to thrive.

With clinics across Texas and in Ohio, Mentis Neuro Health is ready to be an integral part of the recovery process for brain injury patients through meaningful neurological rehabilitation with a careful eye on enhanced quality of life for patients and their families. Learn more about the various programs offered at

By |2017-09-05T10:00:38+00:00March 17th, 2017|ABI|

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