Stages of care

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After an assessment has been made there are many typical settings and pathways. Some examples are described here.

Acute care

  • Patient is admitted to hospital. The stay may include intensive care, general ward and sometimes, general rehabilitation.
  • If eligible (criteria met), the child, young person or adult may be referred for specialist brain injury rehabilitation.
  • The person may be discharged home, or transferred to inpatient brain injury rehabilitation.

Inpatient brain injury rehabilitation units

  • In the Sydney metropolitan area there are there are three centres where adult patients may be admitted, and two for children and young people though school age, for ongoing specialist inpatient rehabilitation.
  • A feature of support provided for BIRP patients after discharge is the case management model.

Transitional living programs

  • Some BIRP patients participate in a Transitional Living Program before their discharge home.
  • Other BIRP patients may be admitted to a transitional living unit periodically for assessment or more intensive therapy.

BIRP Community settings

  • After they are discharged home, some people may be referred to a community team which specialises in brain injury rehabilitation and community resettlement.
  • There are fifteen BIRP services around NSW which provide various aspects of support once the person is living in their community.
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