We recognize that many brain injury (BI) patients continue their recovery after discharge from an inpatient brain injury rehabilitation program. Craig Hospital's brain injury outpatient therapy program is individually designed and delivered for each patient based on his or her medical, functional and clinical needs.
What to Expect
Patients can expect the same model of interdisciplinary team care for BI outpatient rehabilitation. This interdisciplinary team strives to maximize physical, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning and to prevent/minimize chronic disability.
The outpatient program includes:
- an individualized treatment program
- an individualized schedule
- patient and family counseling
- patient-family-insurance conferences
- patient and family education
- planning for home and advocacy
Each team member conducts initial evaluations with the patient. Together the patient, family and clinician establish an outpatient treatment plan with appropriate goals for the patient with brain injury.
A treatment plan is built on an understanding of the patient's neurological diagnosis and prognosis, as well as the relationships between the injury and behavior. The team, including the patient and family, continually review and adapt the treatment plan within the context of the patient's personality, goals, resources, environment, and the patient’s community.
Interdisciplinary Outpatient Evaluations (IOE) and New Patient Evaluations
When warranted and appropriate, previous Craig Hospital inpatients and outpatients may return to Craig Hospital for a Interdisciplinary Outpatient Evaluation (IOE), formerly known as re-evaluations, in response to specific questions or needs that may have arisen, such as medical changes, improvements or changes in function, aging of family caregivers, need for new equipment, etc.
Evaluations for outpatients with brain injury who are new to Craig Hospital are considered on a case-by-case basis. Typically, such evaluations are considered for persons who require evaluations by all members of the interdisciplinary team and have a diagnosis of severe acute brain injury.
Families and patients, providers, case managers, etc. wishing to schedule an outpatient evaluation should contact our Outpatient Admissions Supervisor at 303-789-8474 for further information.
- What are the goals of brain injury outpatient rehabilitation?
Reintegration into the community is the most commonly accepted outcome factor for successful rehabilitation after brain injury. At Craig Hospital, the BI outpatient team assists patients and families to build lifelong, self-sustaining strategies and supports, and focuses on the following functional goals:
Self care, Functional Communication, Mobility at home and in the community, Employment, School, Homemaking/Child care, Independence, Time Management, Structured day, Safety/Consistency, Self Advocacy, Health and Fitness, Recreation and Socialization, Money Management and Transportation.
- What community-based TBI programs in Denver does Craig Hospital provide access to?
For those who require a less vocationally-focused post-acute rehabilitation program, our outpatient team may recommend community-based programs that offer services and opportunities in such areas as recreation, the arts, and post-secondary education. Craig Hospital maintains a close and effective relationship with these programs.
A few of the programs with which Craig Hospital has worked closely include: a choice of innovative day programs for people with adult-onset neurological disabilities; college disability services; community recreation centers; outdoor education programs providing supported sports and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities; and state brain injury associations.
- We don't live in Denver, are there TBI resources for us in our community?
Many of our patients do not live in the Denver Metro area and they require an outpatient or community reintegration program in their home community. Craig Hospital's clinical care managers and community reintegration specialists provide referrals to programs and resources near the patient's home.
Craig Hospital has close working relationships with numerous regional and national residentially-based, transitional living and community reintegration programs for people with brain injury. All of these programs strive to extend the Craig Hospital program by systematically reinforcing and improving skills necessary for self-reliance and advocacy within the individual's home and community.
- What specialty services do Craig Hospital TBI outpatients have access to?
Craig Hospital has the following specialty services available when appropriate to the individual patient needs:
Hand Clinic, Spasticity Management Clinic, Brace/Orthotic Clinic, Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Light gait program, FES Bike, Neuro-Optometry "Vision" Clinic, Transportation Clinic/Driving Program, Swallowing evaluations, Urodynamics, Skin Clinic, Wheelchair Seating Clinic, Adaptive Technology Lab, Rehabilitation Engineering, Pool Therapy
In addition, Craig Hospital refers patients to the following:
Balance clinics, Movement Disorder Clinic, Gait Lab,Smell and Taste Disorder Clinic, Work Hardening Program, Adapted Sports and Recreation Programs, Equestrian programs, Alternative Therapies (i.e. Massage, Acupuncture, etc...)