Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Find your path forward after brain injury.
No two brain injuries are the same. Likewise, no single rehabilitation plan should be designed the same.
In short, we tailor therapy to the person, not solely the injury. Our clinicians identify each individual’s unique physical, emotional and cognitive goals, and proceed to build rehabilitation that not only promotes recovery, but envisions and plans for life after QLI.
A brain injury requires enormous resources to treat effectively. More importantly, it requires a deep understanding of neuroplasticity — the learning process that allows the brain to change in response to targeted repetition. To this end, our rehabilitation team is a highly collaborative network of experts across an array of clinical disciplines. We offer some of the nation’s leading physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists as well as a diverse cast of specialists from the worlds of adaptive sports, vocational rehabilitation, mental health experts and beyond. Together, we support clients as they perform the tasks central to lifelong success.
Formal therapy is a key foundation and involves time with clinicians and therapy assistants targeting strength and conditioning, or guided speech and swallowing practice, or true-to-life functional training built to coach clients through realistic tasks — morning routines and play time with the kids, for instance.
Our programs utilize an assortment of advanced rehabilitation technology. Exoskeletions and anti-gravity gait training systems promote proper walking mechanics. Functional Electrical Stimulation equipment helps weakened muscles achieve a higher level of activity that augments both muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. Virtual reality headsets engage provides fun and immersive ways to maximize the physical activity output from the upper body.
Ultimately, our goal with each individual is to move rehabilitation outside the therapy lab to connect your growing functional abilities to realistic environments and responsibilities. Whether inside the home, at the workplace, or wherever you might enjoy meaningful pastimes, your entire team seeks to help you apply the skills learned in therapy — supporting clients as they use new or regained abilities in varied, dynamic situations.
QLI’s brain injury rehabilitation program is very different than your experience in the acute rehabilitation hospital setting. QLI delivers its services on an active, vibrant campus setting, and while much of our therapy programming takes place within one of our formal training spaces, we prioritize active use of skills in realistic environments — both throughout our campus and the Greater Omaha community. Ours is an intensive, skill-based approach focused on learning, one that incorporates a forward-facing vision into every part of rehabilitation. Here, our efforts build a framework, a constant development leading to the realization of your individual potential. In short, we’re always working with you toward something bigger. And our team has flexibility and creativity to ensure the process meets your unique goals.
Traumatic Brain Injury
QLI’s Tri-Dimensional Rehabilitation® program is focused on one clear goal: to help our clients rebuild their lives after a catastrophic injury. Founded on best practices, QLI has developed a revolutionary model that addresses not only the core medical and physical aspects of rehabilitation, but is also designed to address the real-world skills and individualized interests that bring purpose and passion to our lives.
Excellent Medical Care
The foundation for all rehabilitation programs at QLI is excellent medical care. From basic health services to complex medical care, the needs of our clients are met with patience and understanding in a safe, clean environment. An expert team including QLI’s physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and team of dedicated 24-hour nursing staff continually monitor medication, nutrition, care procedures and activity level as the rehabilitative process evolves.
QLI’s individualized rehabilitation programs are keenly focused on helping our clients regain the unique, real-life skills that allow them to be successful and confident when they return home. Our clinical and residential teams facilitate neuroplasticity and maximize recovery by practicing tasks that are meaningful to the client, providing frequent repetition in both the clinical and real-world environments. This model encourages functional independence and long-term success.
Emotional adjustment after injury is often one of the most challenging aspects of recovery. Led by our Life Path Services team, experiences and therapy programs are uniquely tied to passions, values and identity. For some, it involves partnering with local businesses and community resources to offer a real-world, immersive return-to-work experience. For others, it means relearning how to ride bicycles with their kids. Every client’s goals are different but in all cases, Life Path Services encompasses everything we do to get from devastation to hope and on the meaningful path forward in their lives.
The first step is learning where you have been, where you are and where you want to go. You may have questions, too. Let’s start the conversation.
Our admissions team will obtain all necessary medical records and verify funding. Whenever possible, an admissions liaison will conduct an in-person visit to meet with you and your family, observe therapies and carefully your circumstances to determine program eligibility.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will my family be involved?
Support systems are essential to the success of any rehabilitation program. We incorporate family members from the first day of therapy, often involving them with hands-on therapy sessions when appropriate. Additionally, QLI’s Family Services team is a unique resource for all of our family needs — supporting our families in every aspect, from matters of temporary relocation to private counseling and general education regarding injury.
How long can I expect to be at QLI?
Length of stay is determined by a number of factors — funding source, type/level of injury, and goals of the client, family, and team. The average length of stay for clients in our brain injury rehabilitation program is 90 days.
Will there be other people my age there?
Our population’s average age fluctuates based on who is being served at a given time. In 2020, QLI served individuals ranging from ages 16 to 74 with the average age of a QLI brain injury rehabilitation client being 40 years old.
Does therapy take place on the weekends?
While evenings and weekends are typically key times for respite, you are encouraged to continue working with on-site therapy staff to apply all you are learning into practice outside of formalized therapy sessions. QLI’s residential team is present 24 hours a day, seven days a week and coordinates with clinical leaders to ensure skills are safely and functionally implemented within the residential environment.
Additionally, QLI’s adaptive sports program functions six days a week and we host a variety of social events each evening and throughout the weekend. These can include movie nights, cookouts, cycling, weight lifting, fishing and archery events with our adaptive sports and recreation teams.
Coordinator of Admissions