Whether you’ve experienced a neurological injury or suffer from a chronic condition, the neurorehabilitation program at Miami Neuroscience Institute can help you recover and live a more active, independent life. We treat both adults and children in our inpatient and outpatient programs, which are certified by the Commission on the Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) — the highest standard in evaluation for rehabilitation programs.
Miami Neuroscience Institute offers an extensive inpatient rehabilitation program at Homestead Hospital, as well as an outpatient rehabilitation program at Baptist Hospital. Patients with neurological conditions also have access to rehabilitation services when they are first admitted to the hospital, before they are transitioned to a formal rehabilitation program.
We believe every patient in our program should be treated individually, with a customized rehabilitation plan developed by a team of specialists, including rehabilitation physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and social workers. Patients and family members are also actively involved with the rehabilitation plan, and we encourage input on what fits patients’ needs and lifestyle.
Why do I need neurorehabilitation?
You may need neurorehabilitation if you have suffered a neurological injury that has affected your motor function, quality of life or ability to live independently. Some people who have been diagnosed with a chronic neurological condition may require neurorehabilitation to help them manage symptoms or side effects of the disease.
Who benefits from neurorehabilitation?
At Miami Neuroscience Institute, our neurorehabilitation program helps patients who have experienced:
- Traumatic or non-traumatic brain injuries
- Non-traumatic spinal cord injury
- Compression of the spine
- Incomplete spinal cord injury
- Parkinson’s disease
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Myasthenia gravis
What does the Miami Neuroscience Institute inpatient neurorehabilitation program include?
Our 23-bed inpatient neurorehabilitation program features comprehensive care from a diverse group of specialists, including rehabilitation physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and neuropsychologists. We also have access to the latest rehabilitation technology and therapy programs, including:
- Weight-supported gait training device – This tool helps support patients while they re-learn how to walk. As patients improve, they can increase resistance and reduce the support from the harness.
- Exoskeleton device – Patients strap into a device that helps them stand up and walk. As patients improve, the computer adjusts and provides less support.
- Virtual reality rehabilitation – This treatment is typically used for rehabilitation in the upper part of the body. The system provides the patient with a visually simulated environment, such as a grocery store, where the patient can practice movements like reaching up and taking an item off a shelf.
- Simulated environments – These areas simulate places that a patient will need to move in, such as a restaurant, work environment or getting in and out of a car.
- Outdoor training area – This area helps patients experience walking on different surfaces, such as concrete or sand. It also helps patients learn how to transition from one type of ground to the other.
- Therapeutic recreation – These activities help patients practice cognition, standing and balance activities, as well as social adjustment, as they get ready to leave the hospital.
- Pet therapy – Patients can visit with certified therapy pets or have a personal pet brought in for a visit in the meditation garden.
"Our neuro-rehabilitation patients benefit from the latest equipment and technologies at Baptist Health. One such piece, a sophisticated assistive device dubbed “The Transformer” by hospital staff, features a computer-controlled, exoskeleton-like frame that is strapped to the patient, allowing them to walk. As they become stronger every day, the computer backs off on the assistance provided, putting more of the effort back on to the patient until they can once again walk on their own, unassisted."
"Our inpatient neurorehabilitation unit at Homestead Hospital also has a model Publix grocery store where patients can practice lifting canned foods and other actual items from shelves, placing them in their cart and then on to the check-out counter."
What does the Miami Neuroscience Institute outpatient neurorehabilitation program include?
Miami Neuroscience Institute’s outpatient neurorehabilitation has many of the same services as the inpatient program, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. This program helps serve patients who need rehabilitation but can still live at home, or anyone who is transitioning out of inpatient rehabilitation.
Brain injury patients also have access to our Intensive Outpatient Brain Injury Program. Our brain injury coordinator will work together with your doctors to arrange for rehabilitation.
Other programs in our outpatient neurorehabilitation include:
- Driving evaluation program – This program helps patients re-learn how to drive with computer testing and on-road driving instruction with occupational therapists who are certified in driver evaluation. Our program is the only one of its kind in South Florida.
- Concussion program – This program provides special evaluation and therapy for people who have suffered a concussion. We work closely with athletic trainers at local schools, colleges and universities to ensure any athletes with suspected concussions are seen as quickly as possible. Our concussion program also has therapists who are certified in vestibular physical therapy, which focuses on balance issues.
- Parkinson’s disease program – This program specifically treats patients with Parkinson’s disease. Patients receive an aggressive therapy plan that lasts four hours a day, four days a week for four weeks.
- Cognitive rehabilitation – This treatment uses certain exercises to help patients regain brain function. It also teaches compensatory strategies for patients who need to work around memory problems and provides training on assistive devices.
- Adult Concussion
- Motor Delay
- Speech Delay
- Swallowing Disorders
- Visual-Perceptive Disorders
- Bioness Advanced Functional Electrical Stimulation for Muscle Rehabilitation
- Drivers Education and Training for the Disabled
- Impact Software to Assess Mild Cognitive Disorders
- Neurological and Cognitive Treatments, Including Robotics Technology
- Stroke Rehabilitation
- Vitastim Therapy System for Noninvasive Treatment of Dysphagia (Swallowing Disorder)
- Wii Rehab Technology
When you come to Miami Neuroscience Institute for neurorehabilitation, you can expect:
- A personalized rehabilitation plan that is customized to fit your needs, lifestyle and preferences.
- A team approach to your care that includes a diverse group of rehabilitation specialists who collaborate to find the best treatment for you.
- Rehabilitation treatment that includes your input and opinions as well as participation from your family members.
Inpatient Neurorehabilitation Team at Homestead Hospital
Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Team at Baptist Hospital
All of our neurorehabilitation programs are located on a hospital campus, which means we can quickly evaluate and treat any new medical problems that may come up during your rehabilitation. We have easy access to diagnostic tests and imaging, as well as a full team of Baptist Health specialists.
We believe that your family is an important part of your recovery. Your family members will be involved with your rehabilitation plan and are encouraged to participate in your care. If you need inpatient rehabilitation, family members are welcome to stay with you while you are in the program.
Once you complete your inpatient rehabilitation, we will transition you to our outpatient rehabilitation program. Although you may not need around-the-clock care, you may still need help from a caregiver or family member. Our team will continue to work with you until you are living a more normal, active and independent life.