Adult Post-Acute Rehabilitation

The Skilled Medical Rehabilitation Center at Lakeside Neurologic, (SMRC) is designed to treat individuals 16 years of age and older with brain and neurologic injuries who are no longer in need of acute hospital care, but continue to be medically dependent.

Adult Post-Acute Program Overview

Lakeside Neurologic has been the foundation of our continuum of care since its inception in 1992. Lakeside has developed a unique and specialized approach to evaluation and treatment of medically stable, Rancho los Amigo level IV and above survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI), neurologic injury, and neuropsychiatric disorders. The post-acute facilities located in Wauchula, Florida, are distinguished by unique treatment environments designed to meet the individual needs of clients served. Following acute hospitalization, each case poses countless questions to the survivor, family members and other concerned parties. To assist everyone involved, Lakeside has five distinct programs designed to meet your needs once the potential client has achieved medical stability.

  • Intensive Rehabilition
  • Neuropsychological Evaluation
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Medical Management
  • Pharmacologic Assessment
  • Family Education and Training
  • Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation
  • Forensic Evaluation
  • Forensic Evaluation
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Therapeutic intervention is coordinated with clients, family members, referral sources and payor sources. These interventions are initiated as early as possible following the clients’ injury to help them maximize their recovery. All concerned parties work together to establish measurable goals and objectives for each admission. Client services are delivered through an integrated Case Management system designed to keep all concerned parties aware of clinical, medical, and behavioral progress.

The life changing event of a neurologic injury impacts everyone. Lakeside is committed to providing families with education and training to better understand and cope with the consequences. In addition to family education and training, Lakeside assists in lessening the financial burden placed on family members by absorbing some of the costs associated with travel expenses, meals, and overnight accommodations.

Adult Post-Acute Program Description

Lakeside Neurologic has distinct clinical programs designed to meet the rehabilitation needs of clients.

Forensic Evaluation

Designed to provide a comprehensive evaluation to assess the nature, extent, and etiology of a client’s deficits, estimate damages, analyze a client’s current functional status in relation to the pre-injury level of function and post-injury presentation and evaluate the potential for improvement.achieved medical stability.

Intensive Rehabilitation

The ultimate goal of the Intensive Rehabilitation Program is to provide the aggressive therapy needed to restore functioning to the highest possible level with reduced needs for support, supervision and assistance to enable re-integration into the home, work-place or community with as much functional independence as possible.

Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation

This program is designed to prepare the individual for entry into the Community Integration program where newly learned behaviors and self-control techniques can be generalized to community and vocational environments. Structure and safety are maintained through staff supervision rather than locked units, chemical restraint or mechanical restraint.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Offers vocational services throughout all programs including vocational evaluations, job seeking skills training, job placement, work adjustment, etc.  The goal is to return to work or other avocational activity.

Community Integration

A unique approach designed to provide post-acute rehabilitation and long-term support in the community.  This treatment alternative utilizes “real world” settings to teach and apply the skills needed to live and work successfully in the community.

Supported Independent Living

Lakeside offers an opportunity for individuals to receive long-term supported living in a dignified, community setting at a reasonable daily cost.  This program is designed to provide normalized community living and meaningful daily activities along with support and/or supervision to ensure safety and security.

Adult Post-Acute Admission Process

Survivors of traumatic brain injury and neurologic injury are referred to SMRC at Lakesude Neurologic on a national level. Individuals are qualified for admission individually on a clinical, medical and financial basis.

Family members and other concerned parties are encouraged to tour the program prior to admission in order to make informed placement decisions. SMRC assists in lessening the financial burden placed on family members by absorbing some of the costs associated with travel expenses, meals, and overnight accommodations.

The Admissions Department is available to assist all concerned parties with any questions. For assistance in making a referral, please call (800-697-5390) and ask to speak to a Referral Coordinator. During non-business hours, please ask the operator to transfer you to the on-call Referral Coordinator.

Sub-Acute Admission Criteria

Individuals who are most likely to benefit from the adult post-acute rehabilitation services of the Lakeside Neurologic

  • Neurologic dysfunction or neuropsychiatric disorder
  • Have achieved a stable level of medical recovery
  • Age 18 or older
  • Are functioning at a cognitive level on the Ranchos Los Amigos Scale of 4 or above

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