Thorough, In-Depth Assessment in the Comfort of Home
When patients are not immediately transferred into postacute rehabilitation or may be at home during an interim of care, an evaluation before CNS can be arranged in their home. People who endure brain injury are sometimes discharged home after stabilization in a medical setting, or, they may suspect a brain injury due to an accident and request a professional assessment before deciding on next steps. That is when an evaluation in the patient's home can be done, and inform patients and their families of possible options.
Benefits of a home evaluation include:
- Professional assessment is conducted by an experienced CNS evaluator
- Family members may be present, and can add valuable input about a patient’s symptoms
- CNS will travel to the home at no cost to the patient or family
- Evaluators can obtain valuable input about the patient’s home life and sphere of support
- This helps treatment planning and discharge recommendations post rehabilitation
- Input from loved ones can give CNS vital information, such as patient memory, balance, pain level, medications, emotions, and sleep patterns
- Attorneys, conservators, and others may be present to contribute information
- With this input, evaluators can develop a chronology of events to help guide treatment planning
Other aspects of the process include questions about medical history and treatment post injury, as well as pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. In addition, a thorough evaluation of medical/neurological issues is conducted, which covers cognition, memory, language skills, upper/lower extremity function, balance, and psycho-social issues. Patients and their families can also learn more about insurance coverage for brain injury rehabilitation. CNS offers home evaluations in all 50 states.
Following the evaluation, which lasts several hours, results are produced within days and upon patient request can be shared with patients and their loved ones. On occasion, evaluations of medically complex cases may require the input of CNS’ medical review team comprised of physicians, nurses, and neurologists.