Brain Injury

The brain injury program at Touchstone Neurorecovery Center provides individualized plans specifically designed to improve all aspects of function. The goal of treatment is to ensure that the highest degree of independence is achieved thus allowing each individual to return to a productive and meaningful life.  Family members are involved from the beginning to the end of the treatment process to support their loved ones and receive education and counseling. The discharge planning process begins upon the day of admission, this allows family members to receive information about community resources to ensure a positive transition to the next level of care.  

The brain controls absolutely everything we do, our behaviors, our personality, and our motor functions. While that may be a simplified statement, it is important to understand that when the brain becomes injured through accident, disease or illness, many things can be affected. So much of the aftermath of brain injury depends on where the insult to the brain occurred and the severity of the injury.

  • Medical complications often accompany any significant brain injury and can derail the recovery process and it’s outcome. These complications may include, but are not limited to, dysfunction of metabolism and thyroid function, diabetic and/or dietary concerns, wound care, and dysfunction of sleep/wake pattern. 
  • Individuals may have difficulty with physical functioning such as decreased balance, walking, hemi-plegia—when one side of the body is paralyzed, incontinence, fine motor control, and chewing and swallowing difficulties.
  • Cognition may be affected so that a person can have some or all of the following: decreased attention, memory impairments, mood control, physical and/or verbal aggression, impulsivity, wandering behaviors, inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature, disturbance of thoughts, decreased abstract reasoning, decreased concentration, inflexibility of thought, difficulty with learning and retaining new information, and visual spatial awareness.
  • Speech may be affected, both receptive aphasia-inability to process what is being communicated, and expressive aphasia-inability to form meaningful words and sentences to express ideas. 
  • Sensory difficulties can arise from an acquired brain injury such as double vision, visual field cuts and blindness, impaired hearing and a sensitivity to touch. 
  • After a brain injury, many patients demonstrate depression and /or anxiety due to changes in life role, changes in family dynamics coupled with decreased coping strategies. Personality changes are often seen which can adversely affect both the patient and family. 
  • It is important to note that when one person sustains an acquired brain injury it often adversely affects the entire family unit. Family members may suffer concern and distress regarding the recovery process, what to expect, limited education and knowledge about the brain, and what to expect in the future