Each patient responds differently to rehabilitation. Some patients have lengthy stays in an acute, inpatient program and other patients receive their care through outpatient services. While some patients treated in the polytrauma programs are able to return to active duty, pursue school, or return to work, others will continue to need more intense supportive services and care. VA's Polytrauma System of Care (PSC) provides an integrated system of specialized rehabilitation programs, described below.
Each patient receives comprehensive, acute traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation with a focus on treatment for the medical, physical, cognitive, and emotional changes that can occur after TBI and polytraumatic injuries. VA medical and rehabilitation specialists work with the patient to assess and treat a wide variety of symptoms and conditions that can affect functional independence, including:
A specialized program with state-of-the-art protocol of care for patients in a minimally conscious state. Interdisciplinary program and services are provided to:
Comprehensive evaluation by vision specialists for problems related to vision loss. Treatment services include:
Ongoing support and treatment for all prosthetic/orthotic needs, including:
Counseling services by rehabilitation mental health professionals to help families cope with the emotional issues and changes that arise after traumatic injury or illness.
Comprehensive assessment of driving skills and safety by Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist.
Individualized services that match the vocational or independent living needs and interests of our clients.