A Community Collaboration Between IU Health and St. Vincent
CARF Accredited

Brain Injury Rehabilitation CARF Accredited

No two brain injuries are alike...

No two brain injuries are alike and every patient receives the highest standard of care through RHI’s holistic and individualized approach. With an estimated 5.3 million people living in America with a disability resulting from a brain injury, the technology, research and optimal ways to treat brain injuries is ever-evolving. RHI is proud to be on the front lines of this charge through cutting-edge research and development pertaining to treatments, expectations and effects of brain injuries. RHI offers a program dedicated solely to brain injuries.

What should I look for in a brain injury rehabilitation program?

  • A program that is CARF accredited in brain injury rehabilitation
  • A program with an interdisciplinary team focused on a common goal: YOUR recovery
  • A program you can trust that is open to questions and provides information
  • A program with experience with brain injury certified physiatrists and specialized brain injury rehabilitation nurses
  • A program with neuropsychology integrated treatment
  • A program that has an established continuum of care
  • A program with a perspective of care dedicated to preparing for the moment you leave acute inpatient rehabilitation
  • A program that is flexible and takes caregivers into consideration
  • A program that provides patients and their caregivers with an ongoing support system
  • A program with a team driven by a spirit of hope, healing, and compassion

What else can my caregivers and I expect at RHI?

Our goal is for patients in our brain injury program to regain as much independence as possible.
  • Brain injury unit can be unsettled at times due to patients being agitated and/or vocal.
  • It is a safety-first environment with safe independence. The treatment team may recommend the assistance of restraints to foster a safe environment.
  • Caregivers will be fully involved in the recovery and therapy process. Outcomes are much better when caregivers are involved.
  • Therapy carries into every aspect of the day.
  • Nurses are trained to fill the day with therapeutic interactions during unscheduled therapy or meal times.
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What should I expect when I arrive to RHI?

Day 01
Your first day at RHI will be light to allow you to transition and get settled.
  • Nurse will greet you when you arrive
  • Head-to-toe assessment by your nurse
  • A visit with your physician is possible depending upon your arrival time
Day 02
  • Meet your care coordinator
  • Comprehensive evaluations by the treatment team
  • Meet your therapists who will each assess your abilities and set goals
  • Meet with a clinical dietician
  • Meet with a wound care specialist (if needed)
Your therapist team will include:
  • An occupational therapist
  • A physical therapist
  • A speech therapist (if needed)
  • A therapeutic recreation specialist (if needed)

What is the daily routine for brain injury patients?

We simulate a real day so you can return to a daily routine. Here is a sample day for an RHI patient.
6:00AM - 7:00AM
Wake up and get dressed with assistance
7:30AM - 8:30AM
Breakfast and socialize in the program common area (not in patient rooms)
8:30AM - 11:30PM
Morning therapy sessions*
11:30PM - 12:30PM
Lunch and socialize in the program common area
1:00PM - 4:30PM
Afternoon therapy sessions*
4:30PM - 6:00PM
Dinner and socialize in the program common area
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Relax, socialize, and bathe
9:00PM - 10:00PM
Get ready for bed
*Patients receive a minimum of three hours of individual 1:1 therapy, 5 days per week
Therapy for Brain Injuries at RHI Includes:


  • Neuropsychologists are specialists who treat brain injuries and identify how a specific injury affects an individual patient.
  • Neuropsychologists identify the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional deficits resulting from a brain injury and devise the best course of treatment for an individual patient’s injury.
  • Neuropsychologists play a critical role in determining therapy plans for brain injury patients.
  • Neuropsychologists are accessible daily to your interdisciplinary team for support and guidance.
  • Neuropsychologists may meet with brain injury treatment team 2 to 3 times per week.


  • Most of our therapists working with brain injury patients have been certified in brain injury specific approaches.
  • The interdisciplinary team is comprised of a neuropsychologist, physiatrist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, nurses, case manager, speech therapist, dietician, wound care, or respiratory therapist (if needed).
  • Weekly team conference to discuss patient progress, set goals, and tailor care to your specific needs.


  • Patient education is based on individual level of injury.
  • Patients learn to become as independent as possible for their injury.
  • Patients learn to explain and describe what they need and self-advocate for help from others when needed.
  • Caregivers learn alongside patients about patient needs and care.


  • Spasticity (spasms) is common for patients who have had a brain injury.
  • The interdisciplinary team will help manage your spacticity during inpatient care and will continue treatment seamlessly through the RHI Outpatient Spasticity Clinic.


  • Transition Binder - Upon admission you will receive a Transition Binder which will include information pertinent to your rehabilitation program. Throughout the course of your hospital stay, additional information and resource materials specific to your rehabilitation recovery will be added to the binder.


  • Our specialized vision rehabilitation team specializes in providing restorative and compensatory training resulting from a brain injury.
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