Sinai’s Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute
is a Joint Commission
-accredited stroke center
that offers a 36-bed wing with generously-sized private rooms. The unit functions using an interdisciplinary team comprised of nurses, therapists, and other specialists trained in offering care to patients with neurological deficits. The therapists and nurses are required to participate annually in continuing education related to stroke. Occupational
, and speech therapy
assess the patient within 24 hours of admission.
The occupational therapist evaluates and treats deficits in the areas of muscle tone, balance, strength, and cognition as it relates to function. These deficits may affect the ability to complete activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, self-feeding, and basic hygiene. Recommendations may be made for splints
or adaptive equipment
to enhance function.
The physical therapist evaluates and treats deficits in muscle tone, balance, strength, and endurance and their impact on gait and mobility. Recommendations and training are provided when adaptive equipment is indicated.
The speech language pathologist evaluates and treats swallowing deficits with recommendations for the safest means of nutrition. Furthermore, the speech therapist assesses cognitive-communication deficits and provides treatment to facilitate communication.
The interdisciplinary team plays an integral role in the education of the patient and family regarding the signs and symptoms of stroke
, stroke risk factors, as well as the three hour t-PA
window. They will also educate about the importance of smoking, drug, and alcohol cessation for future stroke prevention, as needed.
Using an interdisciplinary approach, the therapists collaborate with nursing, case management/social work
, and physicians to provide appropriate discharge recommendations for home versus a rehabilitation facility
. When appropriate, the patient may continue the inpatient rehabilitation course at Sinai’s Rehabilitation Center
, where patients receive three hours of therapy daily.
Continuum of Care
Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation
Traumatic Brain Injury/Neurological Inpatient Rehabilitation