Community Based Residential Rehabilitation

 

Rebuilding Life in a Home Setting

Life after a brain injury is a critical time of healing for patients. Living skills and behaviors that were once familiar can be severely altered, often requiring a period of intense relearning. Centre for Neuro Skills® (CNS) residential rehabilitation is a community-based program that helps patients master the tasks of daily living, self-care and communication with a skilled, expert staff.

For over 35 years, CNS has provided secure, home-like settings to ease the transition from postacute care to independent living. Set in neighborhoods close to CNS facilities, these residences are well-appointed and designed specifically for people with brain injuries.

Each day, CNS residential staff inspires patients to achieve their own level of independence. A broad range of skills are taught and modeled. These include:

 

Behavior Management

  • Appropriate social conduct
  • Problem solving/conflict resolution
  • Communication
  • Anger control
  • Initiation of tasks
  • Family interaction skills

 

Tasks of Daily Living

  • Safety at home and in the community
  • Self-care: hygiene/grooming, dressing, sleep routines, proper eating, cooking, clean-up, laundry
  • Establishing routines and completing tasks
  • Emergency responsiveness/safety training
  • Shopping, money and time management
  • Proper medication use
  • Public transportation use

 

Social Activities

  • Outings to sports events, cultural pursuits, visiting places of worship
  • Bonding with other patients to plan group activities
  • Trips to parks, beaches, movies to support community re-integration
  • Group cooking and dining together to instill cooperation and teamwork

 

Comfort and Security in a Modern Environment

CNS residential facilities are comfortable and designed to feel like home. Soft, ambient lighting illuminates the rooms. All facilities include Wi-Fi, as well as flat screen TVs, and modern appliances. Many bedrooms include decorator pillows, throws, and ample closet and dresser space.

Designing a secure living space for patients was a primary goal in selecting the homes and neighborhoods, so that patients and their families could feel confident about this phase of recovery. Residences are handicap accessible, with features that include:

Safety Features

  • Gated community setting
  • Private and semi-private rooms
  • Security camera system inside the residence and in common areas
  • Alarm and intercom systems
  • Internal mobile communication system
  • Automatic timed lighting system
  • Exterior door locking system for added safety
  • Locked drawers and cabinets in common areas to control medication access/distribution
  • Large walk-in and wheelchair accessible showers
  • Safety railing in bathrooms
  • Transportation is available to and from CNS clinical facilities
  • Trained CNS staff supervision 24 hours a day

 

CNS also respects the language, culture, and religion of residential patients. Specific needs such as dietary restrictions and proximity to places of worship are taken into account when planning the transition to a residential facility. CNS residences are situated near each clinical facility, located in Bakersfield, CA; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; and in Dallas, TX.

Bridging the Gap from Rehabilitation to Independence

Making the transition from rehabilitation to home life can be challenging if a period of structured living is not in the patient’s treatment plan. The CNS approach is to bridge this gap, teaching patients how to gain independence and skill so they are reunited successfully with their family, employers, and the community.