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Awareness about importance of Neurorehabilitation

Neurorehabilitation is a doctor-supervised program designed for people with diseases, trauma, or disorders of the nervous system (brain and spinal cord and nerves). Neurorehabilitation can often improve function, reduce symptoms, and improve the quality of life of the patient.

The Neurorehabilitation team

Neurorehabilitation programs start during the hospital stay and are continued on an outpatient basis. Many skilled professionals are part of the neurological rehabilitation team, including any or all of the following:

  • Rehabilitation Medicine Consultant
  • Rehabilitation nurse
  • Dietician
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech/language swallowing pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Orthotist and prosthetist
  • Rehabilitation psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Vocational counsellor
  • Rehabilitation Health Assistance

Neurorehab department offers:

At the first visit, the Neurorehabilitation specialist doctor along with the team will make an assessment of your problems & rehab needs. After that your rehab plan will be formulated and individualised, goal oriented rehabilitation will start to improve your quality of life. After a few sessions, there will be medical review by rehab physician to check whether any change in treatment plan is required. All of us work as a team to achieve the goal for the patient. Active involvement of the patient and family is vital to the success of the program.

The goal of neurorehabilitation is to help the patient return to their highest level of function and independence as possible, while improving the overall quality of life-physically, emotionally, and socially.

In order to help achieve these goals, neurorehabilitation programs may include the following:

  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, handwriting, cooking, and basic housekeeping
  • Speech therapy to help patients with speaking, reading, writing, and swallowing
  • Stress, anxiety, and depression management
  • Bladder and bowel retraining
  • Activities to improve mobility (movement), muscle control, gait (walking), and balance
  • Exercise programs to improve movement, prevent or decrease weakness caused by lack of use, manage spasticity and pain, and maintain range of motion
  • Social and behavioural skills retraining
  • Nutritional counselling
  • Involvement in community support groups
  • Activities to improve cognitive impairments, such as problems with concentration, attention, memory, and poor judgment
  • Help with obtaining assistive devices that promote independence
  • Patient and family education and counselling
  • Safety and independence measures and home care needs
  • Pain management
  • Stress management and emotional support
  • Vocational counselling

Patients may be admitted here for a limited period but arrangements will be made for ongoing rehabilitation in the community either at home or in outpatient departments. The Consultant in charge of the patient will oversee the rehabilitation process.

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