We want to give our loved ones the best care and support possible following a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Specialized care is often needed for a full recovery since the recovery process for TBI varies from one person to the next.
But numerous support programs are available and choosing the right one can be overwhelming. How do we know which TBI care plan is right for you and your loved one?
We want to make choosing a TBI care plan easier.
That way, you can focus on helping your loved one recover.
If you’re looking for rehabilitation services for a TBI patient, look no further than Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute. The services we offer focus on bringing patients and their families the support they need throughout each stage of the recovery process. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.
Four different kinds of care plans are available for TBI. Each one may have a slight overlap in the services they offer.
Residential care supports TBI patients with highly personalized care. While still respecting the patient’s comfort zone, residential care aims for progress over time.
Therapist recommendations guide residential care plans in offering support with all daily activities as well as rehabilitative treatment techniques.
Residential care also monitors a patient’s progress, so family members always know how their loved one is doing.
However, if your loved one can be supported at home, and you think they would recover better in a familiar space, you might want to consider outpatient care.
Outpatient care requires patients to meet the same admission checklist and practice the same therapeutic exercises as patients in residential care, but from the comfort of their own home. If a residential patient has made progress in their recovery, then they can transition to outpatient care.
But depending on your loved one’s condition, you might be providing more care and support than you are prepared for. Because recovery takes time, you may find yourself taking on multiple roles that you never have before. From nurse and coach to therapy-aide, becoming a primary care-giver for your loved one may take a lot of your attention. And while you’ll be learning a lot about how to help throughout recovery, taking on the added responsibilities can be overwhelming.
So it’s important to find a balance, and consider utilizing other care options like respite care that allow your loved one to get out of the house and experience something new. Or, consider a care plan like long-term support living.
Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute has outpatient care plans that fit your loved one’s needs. Connect with us today to learn more.
A TBI patient who needs support with things like cooking, taking medication, walking, or bathing may find the care they need with long-term support living.
Care is provided in a patient’s home, community-based settings, or care facilities.
If you are unable to help with the level of care your loved one needs, long-term support living may be the best TBI care plan.
Respite care is a short-term TBI care service that gives patients time away from their main caregivers. Respite care takes on a few different forms, and you can find options for short-term care in-home or out-of-home.
Agencies, volunteers, group homes, or even other family members can help provide this type of care.
You often plan respite care in advance, but if an emergency arises and you need immediate support for your loved one, respite care can help you.
Each physician at Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute has specialized training in brain injury rehabilitation.
All of our patients receive highly personalized care to set them up for success.
Because we believe family is so important for the recovery process, we offer family accommodations while your loved one is in the rehabilitation process.
Reach out to us today to learn about our patient intake process and take the first step toward finding the right TBI care plan for your loved one.
When a family member experiences a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s natural to want to know how long the recovery period will last.
However, this can be difficult to predict. In fact, depending on the severity of the injury, recovery time for a TBI may vary from a few weeks to six or more months.
Each person reacts differently to injury and illness. Thus, recovery time will vary between individuals. However, the length of recovery time for TBI depends on how long a patient is unconscious. The longer someone is unconscious, the longer the recovery time.
Learn more about the different types of TBI and the recovery time you can expect.
If you or a loved one is a TBI patient, connect with Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute to start the recovery process. Each of our patients receives patient-focused care from our experienced staff.
A mild case of TBI often has a fast recovery time. While a loss of consciousness is possible, it will likely be very brief. Oftentimes, there is a rapid recovery to normalcy within the first week of an injury. For most mild TBI patients, symptoms will last anywhere from a week to a month.
During the recovery time, patients may experience a wide range of symptoms:
Depression or anxiety
Sensitivity to light or noise
Although other symptoms are possible, it’s likely that a mild TBI patient will experience at least one of these.
To recover, get plenty of rest. Pushing yourself too hard will worsen your symptoms.
A moderate TBI includes a loss of consciousness for up to 24 hours.
Severe TBI often involves a loss of consciousness for longer than 24 hours. Brain bleeding or swelling is also likely here.
Post-traumatic amnesia is longer in moderate to severe TBI. Moderate TBI patients can experience memory loss for anywhere from one to seven days.
Severe TBI patients, however, experience symptoms for longer than a week.
Recovery time for this type of TBI depends on the patient’s prior health, their access to healthcare and rehabilitation, and family support.
Moderate TBI patients may be more susceptible to long-term effects like mental health disorders. For example, many patients experience depression as a result of their injury.
While it’s hard to pinpoint the length of recovery for moderate and severe TBI, the range is typically from months to years. But the good news is that with the right support, lifestyle changes, and care, TBI patients can continue to show improvements to their health.
Providing TBI patients with the best possible rehabilitation services is a personal mission of Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute.
In 1982, Robert Moody founded the Transitional Learning Center after his son Russell experienced a traumatic brain injury. Robert’s dedication to the highest quality of care for TBI patients is the same dedication our staff brings to each one of our patients.
Contact us today to learn how we can help your loved one recover from TBI and regain their health.
Head injuries can be frightening, whether they happen to you or a loved one. When left untreated, head trauma can lead to neurological complications that may decrease quality of life.
However, it can be difficult to discern when TBI medical care is necessary.
In mild injuries, the individual may not experience immediate symptoms – even for a couple of weeks after the initial injury. Moreover, the severity of the injury and the time elapsed impacts the recovery process.
Nevertheless, learning when to seek medical care for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) is critical for the patient’s well-being.
The answer is simple. If you’ve experienced a head injury, seek immediate medical attention. No matter the severity of the head injury, any sudden trauma can change how our brains function.
After a head injury, people may experience varying physical and neurological symptoms as time goes on.
For example, you may first experience nausea or headaches. As you begin to recover, your emotional state can alter or you could experience sleep difficulties.
Watch out for the following symptoms of a mild concussion or TBI:
Determining whether to seek medical care is difficult because head injuries may not appear serious. Oftentimes, a person who experiences head trauma may not be able to recognize they’re experiencing symptoms.
If you have a family member who has recently suffered an injury, watch carefully for anything more serious.
Many wives tales and inaccurate pieces of advice surround traumatic brain injuries.
One common misconception about TBI is that the definitions for mild, moderate, and severe are related to how much a head injury impacts brain function – not the severity of the injury itself.
Even the smallest of head injuries can be serious depending on the individual. Notably, a child has a much lower threshold for what would be serious. Adults should always seek care as well.
The longer TBI is left untreated, the more potential for long-term complications.
Mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are common effects of untreated TBI. Furthermore, physical symptoms such as chronic pain or seizures are possible. A wide range of complications may develop as well, including the following:
Remember, if you experience a head injury, it’s important for your long-term health that you seek medical care immediately.
Since 1982, Moody Neuro has been providing TBI patients with leading rehabilitation treatment.
We create personalized treatment plans so each patient can be part of their communities once again. Each of our four facilities throughout Texas brings innovative solutions to improve our patients’ lives.
Contact us to learn more about how we can support you or your loved ones in recovering from TBI. Together, we can achieve the best possible outcome.
Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute is opening a new location!
On July 14th, 2021, Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for its third location in Space Park, Nassau Bay.
The City Council of Nassau Bay granted the request for a Specific Use Permit in 2020, and construction is expected to be complete in 2022 – creating space to support more patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Do you have a loved one who’s experienced a TBI? Reach out to us today to learn more about the care and support we can provide.
This new Space Park facility will help us better serve patients with TBIs. More than 40 supporters celebrated the groundbreaking, including:
After expressing gratitude for all those involved, Eppinette stressed the impact a new center will bring:
“This addition to the Moody Neuro portfolio will build on our history and experience, helping individuals with traumatic brain injury by providing state-of-the-art treatment areas… [It will also provide] extended space and opportunities for a strong, interdisciplinary approach to a larger population.”
[Related: Choosing a Brain Injury Treatment Clinic]
Thanks to this new TBI rehabilitation facility, another community has access to the highest-quality TBI care. The Moody Neuro Space Park facility will be an extension of the most advanced and inclusive rehabilitation center out there.
With the support of the Moody Neuro community, the mission of Robert Moody lives on today. This same mission inspires us to support friends and loved ones who’ve experienced a traumatic brain injury as they regain function and re-enter their communities with ease.
With the new Space Park center, TBI patients and their families will enjoy access to direct support.
There will also be more potential career opportunities for the community of Nassau Bay. We need to fill 150 clinical, medical, residential, and support staff positions to support our rehabilitative care.
At the new facility, Moody Neuro can accommodate 40 residential patients and offer outpatient programs.
To provide a space that aids in awakening patients’ senses, the design will utilize natural colors and textures to create an “urban house” feel. The facility will also have:
If you’re looking for rehabilitation services for a traumatic brain injury, contact us to learn more about how we can help.
Today, that mission continues.
Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute is advancing modern TBI care through:
Through highly personal care, Moody Neuro helps TBI patients recover and reclaim their lives. Contact us to learn more.
The Olympics feature many of the greatest athletes of the world aiming for a gold medal. But did you know that some of these incredible Olympic athletes are also brain injury survivors?
Kieran Behan was only the second Irish gymnast to qualify for the Olympics when he earned his way to the London 2012 competition. When he was 12 years old, he suffered a traumatic brain injury while working on the high bar.
He was so badly injured that he had to relearn how to sit. Behan needed three years until he was able to return to gymnastic training.
10 years following this injury, after an incredible amount of hard work, Behan competed in the Olympics.
Janice Teixeira was an Olympic television commentator when she had a stroke at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. She was able to make a quick recovery from this scary health event.
Eight years later (at the age of 54!), she competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics, representing Brazil in trap shooting.
[Related: Choosing a Brain Injury Treatment Clinic]
Jahvid Best was a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions. He was an incredible offensive weapon on the field, using his speed to rack up yards and touchdowns as a running back.
However, in his second year in the NFL, he suffered a serious concussion. This concussion, likely along with others suffered previously, forced him to have an early retirement from football in 2011.
But Best did not lose his desire to compete: He started racing in track and became successful at the 100-meter sprint. Five years following his retirement from professional football, he was able to qualify for the Olympics, representing St. Lucia at Rio 2016.
The 2021 Olympics in Tokyo will also feature an incredible brain injury survivor.
Owen Wright is an Australian professional surfer. He was one of the top surfers in the world when a 2015 wipeout led to a traumatic brain injury. He did not realize how badly he was injured, so his family had to take away his surfboards.
When he was allowed to return to surfing, he could not even get on his feet while on his board. Now, he has returned to be a successful surfer who wears a helmet to protect himself from further injury.
Six years after his brain injury, he will represent Australia in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
[Related: Presidential Success After a Brain Injury]
These amazing Olympians are a reminder that a brain injury does not mean that a survivor’s life is over. A brain injury may be a chapter in a story of triumph!
Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute loves hearing — and helping to bring about — success stories like this. To learn more about how rehabilitation can help you get back on track with your own dreams, contact us today.
When your loved one experiences a brain injury, it’s natural to want to get them help quickly. But before you decide on a TBI clinic, you need to ask some important questions. Not all acute brain injury rehabilitation is the same.
After all, the decision will make all the difference in your loved one’s recovery. In fact, it’s one of the most important decisions that loved ones make for their survivor’s future.
Here at Moody Neurorehabilitation, we put together this list of 5 crucial questions anyone should ask when choosing a brain injury treatment clinic. This list can help survivors and their families find brain injury rehab in Houston, or outside of the Houston area.
After answering these 5 questions, you will be ready to choose the best acute brain injury rehabilitation center for your survivor.
The goal of any acute brain injury rehabilitation center should be to achieve the best possible outcome for patients and their families. So, their mission should focus on these:
Next, check to see if the TBI clinic treats injuries similar to the one you’re seeking treatment for. And, ask about the typical age of their patients. This is normally on the admissions page of their website.
Then, make a list of the acute brain injury rehabilitation centers that match your survivor’s injury type and age.
Importantly, check the qualifications of the TBI clinic staff. A good team is key to your survivor’s recovery. Check if they have the following on staff:
There are a variety of different types of programs for acute brain injury rehabilitation, including:
Your injured loved-one might need these different programs at different points in their recovery. So, it’s helpful to have a TBI clinic that offers each of the above programs.
In addition, every TBI clinic you consider should offer the following services:
Some acute brain injury rehabilitation centers also offer additional services that set them apart from others, such as:
After making a list of potential matches, the next step is to take a tour of the facility.
It may be tempting to just choose a facility that is closest to your home. But, it’s better for patient recovery to choose based on what a facility offers.
While on your tour, note how clean the space is, the professionalism of the staff, and how content the patients and families seem. Also ask about any religious or cultural accommodations that your survivor needs, such as:
Finally, see how updated and innovative the facility is. For example, ask about any use of robotics, computer-based simulation, or ongoing research. Picking a facility with updated tech can help maximize your survivor’s therapeutic gains.
It is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and we want to share with you 10 things about brain injuries that some may be unaware about.
February is Black History Month! As we celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made at all levels for our country, let’s take some time to celebrate important African-American brain injury heroes.
Harriet Tubman was one of the conductors of the Underground Railroad. A former slave herself, she helped slaves escape from the South to freedom. During the Civil War, she joined the Union army, even leading a US army expedition. Tubman was later a vocal proponent of the women’s right to vote.
Many people do not realize that as a youth, she suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. She was hit in the head with a weight that an overseer threw at another slave, hitting Tubman. She was unconscious for several days. Following this injury, she had severe headaches, narcolepsy, and seizures. Despite her brain injury symptoms, she became a hero for American freedom.
Louis Tompkins Wright was both a medical and civil rights pioneer. Born in 1891, in segregationist Georgia, he fought significant prejudice to gain admission to Harvard Medical School. He was the first African-American doctor at Harlem Hospital, later becoming President of the Hospital. Wright was also the first African-American NYPD surgeon. He was a civil rights leader, serving as Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors. He was an innovator both in diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of medical ailments, including inventing a brace for transporting patients with cervical vertebrae injuries. He was well-recognized as an expert on brain injuries and wrote influential research on the topic. Despite great obstacles, Wright was an important figure in both medical and civil rights worlds, including contributing greatly to the knowledge of brain injuries.
Harry Carson was one of the greatest football players in the history of the National Football League. He captained the New York Giants to Super Bowl victory and is a member of the Hall of Fame. Carson was also one of the first athletes to openly talk about brain injuries in football, bravely sharing his story with Sports Illustrated in 1998, long before there was any serious recognition of the potential brain injury dangers of playing football. He has advocated with Congress and through the Brain Injury Association of America to raise brain injury awareness. Carson has used his leadership, experience, and knowledge to help others receive necessary help.
These are just a few of the many African-American brain injury heroes!
Some brain injury survivors and their families make a common mistake. They view the brain injury event as an ending. Life as they know it is over and that there is no hope for success in the future. This is most certainly not the case. Many survivors of serious brain injuries later had amazing successes. One of the prominent success stories that will soon be taking center stage is President-elect Joe Biden.
In 1988, Joe Biden was experiencing neck pains and headaches. He did not know it then but soon his life would change due to aneurysms. An aneurysm is a weak spot on an artery which can lead the artery to break. In his case, the artery broke in his brain. It is a form of a stroke which has a high fatality rate.
Following a February speech in New York, Biden passed out in his hotel. He was unconscious for five hours. He later required two brain surgeries for aneurysms, one which had already broken and another which had the potential to break. The surgeries saved his life. He initially had common physical effects of stroke such as a facial droop. Following 6 months of recovery, he was cleared to return to work. The aneurysm changed how Biden viewed his daily activities. Now, more than 30 years later, he will soon be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America.
However, Joe Biden is not the first brain injury survivor to be elected US President. Few people know that Abraham Lincoln had a serious brain injury as a youth. When he was just 10 years old, he was at a mill with his horse to grind food. At one point he whipped his horse and the horse kicked him in the head. Lincoln was left unconscious. Many of his family and friends feared that he would die until he regained consciousness the following day. Despite this incident, he became one of the most important figures in US history.
At Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute, many of our patients have reached great heights following their injuries. We have had the pleasure of watching our patients graduate from colleges and achieve work successes. Several of our patients later got married and started families.
A brain injury does not have to be the end of a life journey. Often, it may just be one chapter to a successful life story.
There are many tools that help survivors recover from their traumatic brain injury. But one of the most important tools for recovery is something no hospital in the world can offer: family caregivers.
Being familiar with a survivor’s personality and habits, before the injury occurred, gives family caregivers a unique advantage to care for a traumatic brain injury.
Not only do family members offer elevated comfort and support, but they are also more likely to notice nuances in behavior that may be missed by medical professionals.
Whether it’s the cadence in which they speak, the swagger in their step, or the deep exhales of frustration… Having a caregiver who recognizes these characteristics can drastically influence the recovery process.
These subtle changes may be a temporary side effect or could be a sign of something much more serious. What’s important is they notice, track, and bring these changes to the doctor’s attention. The sooner their doctor is made aware of differences in behavior, personality, or functionality, the sooner the doctor can make any adjustments to prescriptions (and overall treatment if needed).
There are 3 reasons why family caregivers are important to those recovering from a traumatic brain injury.
Family caregivers often experience shock when they first hear that their family member incurred a traumatic brain injury. On the other side, survivors are probably experiencing exactly the same feeling.
Survivors are reminded of their traumatic brain injury constantly throughout each day. A drastic change to daily life is difficult for survivors. Not being able to remember something, or do certain things, may seem like a hopefully short term side effect to a caregiver.
To a survivor, not being able to accomplish these seemingly “easy” tasks can be infuriating and isolating.
The waves of emotions felt by survivors can change rapidly or extend over long periods of time. All people are different – as are their recoveries. Caregivers witness these highs and lows – often needing to think quickly on their feet. The compassion shown to survivors can be the difference to their day, year, or perhaps even the entire scope of recovery.
Having a family caregiver by their side to respond to the event can lessen the shock and help everyone feel less alone.
Sometimes, individuals with a traumatic brain injury can experience late-onset, nonconvulsive seizures. The symptoms are very subtle and can easily be missed by health care professionals, including any of the following:
Often, family caregivers are the first to notice these out-of-character behaviors. Catching the symptoms early means that survivors can get evaluated and treated for silent seizures more quickly.
A survivor may not be fully aware of the impact of their injuries until they return home and try to resume old routines. Suddenly, they might have trouble going about their day as they used to.
For instance, some brain injury survivors find it more difficult to organize and initiate their day to day activities. But family caregivers can help survivors cope with these new challenges by:
This means survivors will spend less time fixated on what they can no longer do. Instead, they will focus on coping with their new reality and moving forward with their lives.
It’s no secret that family caregivers take on an enormous load. It’s only natural that these beacons of strength will feel overwhelmed or burnt out at times.
As experts in brain rehabilitation, we have witnessed the burden felt by caregivers. We encourage all family caregivers to take advantage of our resources and to make sure they take the time to care for themselves as well.
Being in a position to care for a loved one comes with its own challenges. Caregivers often feel high levels of stress while simultaneously putting on a brave comforting face for those in their care. This is no easy feat.
It is important for caregivers to also care for themselves and know that they are not alone. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Whether your motivation for self-care is to help yourself cope or to help you be a better caregiver, you must remember to replenish your own resources to continue providing the care you give. Support groups are an excellent resource to help you.
Communicating with others facing similar struggles and learning new coping skills can be a rewarding experience that helps caregivers feel stronger and better prepared for the tasks at hand.
Connecting with others can feel daunting for a new or overextended caregiver. Especially in this time of quarantining, meeting with new people may not be an option for everyone.
Stay connected through the Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute blog. Both survivors and caregivers benefit from reading our blogs.
We offer a unique perspective to help you better understand what your survivor is going through internally. Nuances in behavior patterns could be a sign of a deeper issue. Not only is their body and mind recovering, but their sense of identity may be challenged due to depression and other unfortunate side effects of a traumatic brain injury.
Take advantage of the wealth of knowledge offered in our blogs.
Family caregiving can make a huge difference in the lives of so many survivors. In fact, Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute was formed out of the love of a father for his son. After his son Russell’s accident, which resulted in a traumatic brain injury, Robert L. Moody, Sr. recognized a need for brain injury rehabilitation resources.
Today, Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute has four Texas locations. Each patient receives the highest level of quality care.
The partnership to recovery between medical professionals and family caregivers is unparalleled. It is not always an easy road, but it can be a crucial part of a loved one’s recovery.