What is the Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders Day Treatment Program?
The Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders Day Treatment Program (SCI-D) is an outpatient interdisciplinary rehabilitation program designed to provide intense therapy for patients who have had a spinal cord injury (SCI) or similar neurologic disorder.
Patients can be referred to the program after their inpatient rehabilitation hospital stay or once they are able to transition from their home health program. They can also be referred from either outpatient or home health if there has been a significant change in status or function. Our program is overseen by a medical director and the interdisciplinary team includes a psychologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist and a nurse case manager, all with specialized training in spinal cord injuries. The SCI-D program focuses on managing ongoing medical needs with special attention towards home and community reintegration for those impacted by a SCI.
Patients in the SCI-D program will participate in half- or full-day treatment for a maximum of six hours a day, five days a week, for an average of 6-12 weeks. Once enrolled in the SCI-D program, patients are evaluated and given a personalized treatment plan which includes one-on-one therapy sessions, group-based interventions and classes, education and specialized services, as needed.
Every individual with a spinal cord injury is unique. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your needs and goals. Your specialized and experienced interdisciplinary team will use evidence-based practice and state of the art technology to help you maximize your potential. Daily exercises and therapeutic activities will promote neuromuscular recovery, independence in activities of daily living and pursuit of optimal health and well-being. Therapy is not just constricted to the gym. Regular community outings, driving evaluations/training, and vocational rehabilitation/school re-entry services all help you adjust to this new way of life.
There is a lot to learn after experiencing a spinal cord injury and being equipped with knowledge will empower you. Your team will ensure that you and your caregivers are provided with the right education, training and tools to stay healthy and happy.
Your therapy team and physician will be regularly discussing your outcomes, achievements and barriers. This allows the team to stay on top of medication management, new or ongoing health concerns, need for spasticity management, splinting and bracing, mobility and seating management, etc.
Discharge planning starts on day one. Various training activities will be completed in the clinic as well as out in the community. Caregiver training and education is highly recommended and encouraged. Your team will determine the appropriate durable medical equipment and home/car modifications to help you achieve your highest level of safety and independence.
Vocational Rehab can also be coordinated if you may need modifications at your current job or need to pursue a different line of work due to your SCI.
And who doesn’t like a little fun in their lives? Activities with the Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation department and community outings are frequently included in the day program.
Brooks serves patients from all over the United States and throughout the world. Being away from home is difficult and recovery is easier when you have a good support system and are living in a comfortable environment. For patients living outside the five Jacksonville counties, there is an opportunity to lodge at Helen’s House for an affordable price.
Paying for the Day Program
Brooks understands that most insurance benefits offer very little therapy coverage, especially not enough for people to recover from a major neurologic injury.
Brooks has coveted per diem contracts with most major insurance companies and worker’s compensation companies. These contracts are a separate benefit from your hospital or outpatient coverage and allow you to spread out your therapy program over a longer period of time, thus further maximizing your potential.
For those individuals who do not have this insurance coverage, you are welcome to apply for financial assistance and your need will be based on your financial status. For Florida residents who have had a traumatic injury, funding may be possible through BSCIP.
Why choose Brooks?
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital has been one of the leaders in rehabilitation for 50 years and is accredited by the Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF). This specialty recognition includes our in-patient SCI program.
Over the years, Brooks has developed an extensive continuum of care that allows patients to seamlessly transition from inpatient rehab, day program, outpatient therapy, adaptive sports and recreation, community wellness, research, vocational rehab, driving evaluations and training and follow-up with our physician practice. Brooks guarantees that whoever you meet along the way, they are an experienced passionate professional with one job in mind, helping you become the best you can be.
Brooks prides itself on using the most up to date technology. Your treatment sessions may include:
- FES cycle
- Xcite FES
- Armeo Spring
- Bioness H200 and L300
- Saebo Glove
- Tyromotion DIEGO and AMADEO
- Hocoma Armeo Spring
- Zero G body weight support system (used for both overground walking and locomotor training on the treadmill)
- C-mill virtual reality treadmill
How to reach us
Phone: (904) 345-7163
Fax: (904) 345-6837