CareMeridian’s residential brain injury programs use active rehabilitation to help individuals who have sustained a neurological injury as a result of trauma or stroke to reach their goals, whether returning home, to work or to school, or remaining permanently at CareMeridian. Each resident has an individualized service plan developed and implemented by our interdisciplinary team of professionals with input from all stakeholders. Stakeholders include the patient resident, family members, referral facility discharge planners, payer case managers and adjustors. Progress is constantly measured and plans are frequently updated to ensure that residents make as much progress as possible in developing the practical skills needed in their lives as they work toward increased independence and community re-integration.
Brain Injury Program Goals
At CareMeridian, our goal is to provide patient-centered rehabilitation and residential services to people of all ages who have suffered brain injuries. 24/7 services are provided to these patients in home like environment, to assist them in achieving and maintaining their desired goals.
We serve individuals with the following diagnoses:
- Traumatic Brain Injury with or without other diagnoses
- Non-traumatic brain injury caused by infections, tumors, neurodegenerative disorders
Admissions and Referral Process
We accept referrals for medically stable individuals. We receive referrals from acute care settings such as hospitals, post-acute care settings such as skilled nursing facilities, group homes and from the individuals themselves. Often, case managers from the facility or those working on behalf of the payer make the referrals directly to CareMeridian.
Upon receipt of your referral, we will begin to gather important information about the individual being referred. Next steps generally include scheduling a clinical evaluation, which includes meeting with family if possible and treating professionals. In most cases, the clinical evaluation can be scheduled within 24 hours after the referral is made. Following the clinical evaluation and acceptance, a proposed plan of care is submitted to the funding source. Our admissions coordinator will work to determine and secure funding qualification, arrange family tours and facilitate communication for the pre-admissions process. Upon final funding approval, we will assist with all the arrangements to transfer and admit the individual.
To see if this program would be a good fit, please call our admissions department at (800) 852-1256 or complete our refer a resident form online.
At CareMeridian, pre-admission screening is conducted. To enter the Residential Brain Injury program, the patient must:
- Be medically stable to participate in the program
- Require 24-hour residential care
- Have viable funding to cover estimated length of stay
- Have an identified discharge plan
Services Provided Directly or by Referral, if Medically Necessary
- Physician services, including Internal medicine, rehabilitation, neuropsychology, neurology, psychiatry, podiatry, dental and others as needed
- Nursing services
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech language therapy
- Registered dietitian services
- Social services
- Respiratory therapy
- Recreational activities
- Laboratory services
- Radiology Services
Family Education and Support Systems
The patients’ family/loved ones are encouraged to participate and assist the patient in achieving his or her goals. Family and caregivers will receive education and training to enable this participation. Conferences are held regularly where the treating team, patient, their family will meet to discuss current plan of care, progress and barriers towards goals.
To transition to another level of care, the patient must meet the criteria set forth by the next receiving provider of care which may be Home Health Agency, Acute Rehabilitation Facility, or family member for example. In the event that the discharge goals cannot be met, alternate recommendations with consideration to the life roles and current abilities of the patient will be made.
CareMeridian partners with private payers, managed care payers, self insured employers, workers compensation programs, and certain public funding sources including the Veterans Administration. Additionally, we can set up private pay arrangements.
To learn more about funding options and our fee schedule, please call us at (800) 852-1256.