Kinds of Therapy
Mild-to-severe cognitive, behavioral and physical symptoms require specialized care in an acute rehabilitation hospital. Typically, the rehabilitation team consists of a lead doctor specializing in neurological rehabilitation, a case manager, a rehabilitation nurse, a social worker, along with physical, occupational and speech therapists. The patient’s rehabilitation team works with the patient to facilitate safe walking, personal care skills, basic communication and problem solving skills. Hospital stays usually last 10-20 days, depending how the patient progresses towards independence. The rehabilitation team works closely with the family, providing education about the recovery process and preparing patient and caregivers for the transition home.
This setting is best for patients who have transitioned back to their homes but need almost round-the-clock assistance. The patient’s team of caregivers develops strategies for managing home-related tasks, including safety and personal care. The goal is to help the patient begin to resume normal activities.
Patients graduate to this level of care when they are ready to resume typical daily tasks. The outpatient rehabilitation team, much like the hospital and home rehabilitation team, consists of a lead doctor and physical, occupational and speech therapists. Their focus is to help the patient resume real-life activities such as driving, shopping, returning to work and leisure activities. This level of care refocuses the patient on regaining the skills for prior role resumption.
Alternative therapies include yoga, acupuncture, massage therapy, EEG biofeedback, and hydrotherapy. Some aneurysm patients find these alternative therapies help in the healing process.