Neuroscience Acute Care Unit

The Neuroscienc Acute Care Unit, sometimes called the Neuro floor, is designed to provide care for patients who have stable conditions and do not require an intensive care unit setting. Patients often are moved to this unit for discharge planning. A social worker will assist the patient and family with this process.

Level of Care

Reducing sedation can sometimes cause behavior changes. Don’t be alarmed if your loved one curses, acts out, or shows a loss of inhibition. In the acute care unit, nursing care assessments are made every four hours. A Patient Care Assistant (PCA) attends to the patient hourly and responds intermittently, as needed.

As our patients recover, they may need special equipment to help them move
around and take care of themselves. They may need to learn how to use a
wheelchair or walker, how to get in and out of bed, how to eat, drink, and
brush their teeth, and how to use the bathroom. These are called “Activities of
Daily Living.” Rehabilitation specialists in physical, occupational and
speech therapy help in the recovery of our patients and get them ready to
go home.

The Family’s Role

During this phase of recovery, family and friends are able to care directly
for their loved one under the guidance of the nurse, therapist and patient
care assistant. You will often be asked to help with feeding, bathing and
range-of-motion exercises as we help you prepare to take your loved one
home. This direct contact allows you to develop a comfort level and
generates questions that we can answer for you.

As patients recover, they need help understanding what has happened to them
during this “lost period of time.” Keep in mind that the recovery of
consciousness is a gradual process, not just a matter of “waking up.”
Progress is usually tracked in three areas: movement, thinking and
interacting. You can help by keeping a log or diary of their progress.
Pictures of family members and pets may help a patient regain memory.

A social worker will work closely with the family as preparations are made
for a return home or for transfer to a nursing home or rehabilitation
center. Going home may involve making plans for in-home care, making
structural modifications to the house or bathroom (to accommodate a
wheelchair, for example), and arranging for transportation to therapy.

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