Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Recreation and Park Administration
Michelle Davis Gerken
Michael J. Bradley
Laurie J. Larkin
The purpose of this study is to examine the outcomes of a long term brain injury rehabilitation program and its impact on community re-integration. This unique facility is licensed as a Long-Term Care Facility, able to provide longer lengths of stay to treat medical and psychological needs. All residents of this facility have a diagnosis of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) as well as a mental illness. The mental illness may have existed prior to the brain injury, or may have arisen or worsened as a result of the brain injury.
This program combines traditional rehabilitation therapy (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Recreational Therapy) with skilled psychological services to provide holistic treatment of ABI. Quantitative assessment results were collected on a data form and combined with therapist observation via facility documentation to obtain the results of the study. Residents' skills, behaviors, and rehabilitation progress were observed in group therapy settings, individual therapy settings, and community outings. Assessment outcomes from admission to discharge were analyzed through statistical analysis. The hypothesis is that outcomes data and therapist feedback will show that this program improves functional abilities of individuals with ABI and provides them with the skills to successfully transition to a lower level of care.
Copyright 2018 Mary Rowe
Rowe, Mary, "Return to Self: Impact of Long Term Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation on Community Reintegration" (2018). Online Theses and Dissertations. 489.