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Frequently Asked Questions about RHI's Brain Injury Program

RHI is one of 16 TBI model systems in the country and the only one in Indiana. TBI model systems are recognized as institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care; these institutions provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services from the point of injury through eventual re-entry into full community life.

Every brain injury is different, and the recovery process can vary widely between people, even with the injury to the same part of the brain. Our expert team will help assist you and your loved one in providing the best tools to help promote healing.

Our comprehensive program offers a variety of options to support families, friends and caregivers of our patients. We offer classes during the inpatient stay as well as when you leave the hospital.

Many of the patients on the brain injury unit have special diets. Please check with the patient's nurse and speech therapist prior to bringing in any outside food/drinks.

While we encourage patients to get out of their room, please check with staff if it is appropriate to take the patient to other areas of the hospital. The patient may have specific needs that require staff to be present when outside of the room.

We encourage caregivers to attend therapies with the patients; however, there may be some sessions where caregivers may be asked to step out of sessions for various reasons. These decisions are made in the best interest of the patient.

In order to maintain safety of both patients and caregivers, all caregivers must be cleared by therapies before physically assisting with transfers or mobility tasks.

While we always encourage visitors, we may ask that visitors be kept to a minimum depending on the patient's needs. Please check with staff regarding appropriate times to visit.

We encourage family and caregivers to bring familiar items, including pictures of family and friends, familiar toiletries and clothing, non-skid walking shoes, and familiar bedding (when appropriate).

It is recommended that patients and caregivers check with the rehab team before bringing in a cell phone and/or device for patient use. Patients on the brain injury unit should be able to demonstrate appropriate use of each device, as determined by the treatment team. There is a no cell phone policy for the treatment areas.

Nursing staff provides showers every other evening. In addition, patients will work on bathing and self-care skills with occupational therapy.

For questions regarding your patient bill please contact our Patient Financial Services (PFS) department at 317-329-2325. The hours for our PFS department are Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm ET.

The clinic provides specialized outpatient services for patients following strokes, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and general physiatry needs.

A pending discharge date will be established by your treatment team based on your rehabilitation goals, progress toward the goals, and medical stability. Your RHI care coordinator will help coordinate transportation with you. Discharge is usually around at 10:00am

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PATIENT STORY

Thank you for being so caring to heal the mind, body, heart, and soul of your patients. The care and compassion of the nurses is just as important as the medicines prescribed by the doctors.

Georgiana Bailey

Former Patient