You will be notified when a discharge date has been set. However, many patients with complex injuries need to continue their recovery and rehabilitation, but no longer require round-the-clock care of a hospital setting.
Our post-acute programs include outpatient services, day programs, and residential and assisted living services. As your discharge date approaches, you and your team will make decisions about whether continued services are needed and decide which programs best meet your needs.
At the time of your discharge, you may be referred for Outpatient Services if you need individual therapy sessions, such as physical, occupational or speech therapy. Most of the patients in Outpatient Services need several sessions per week but do not need daily therapy. You may also be referred to one of our many specialty clinics at Shepherd Center.
Our day programs are much like our inpatient rehabilitation programs, except you do not stay in the hospital and services are focused on the functional return of skills necessary for community reintegration. Services you may need include physical, occupational or speech therapy, nursing, respiratory therapy, counseling sessions, therapeutic recreation and educational/training sessions. The day programs also help minimize the chance of further medical complications that are secondary to the neurological injury or illness.
The Assisted Living Program is designed to serve people with a brain injury who need long-term care and require 24-hour supervision due to cognitive and physical limitations. This is housed at Spring Creek House, a six-bedroom home located in nearby Decatur, Georgia.