Understanding Inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation
by Patrice Bendig
At the 18-bed Brain Injury Recovery Center (BIRC) at Penn Rehab, we help patients after they have been discharged from acute care, but before they are ready to return home.…
Penn Rehab hosts several support groups that meet on a monthly basis.
These groups provide information on a variety of topics and offer a supportive environment for individuals who have experienced trauma and are at any level on their path to full recovery.All support groups are held at the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, located on 1800 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146.
Mission: The Amputee Support Group at Penn Rehab offers a variety of services to current and former partners as well as their families. Our mission is to provide an interactive forum for people to share their ideas and experiences in order to help them return to the activities that they enjoy, as well offering information about adaptations that will allow them to thrive.
Monthly meetings: This group meets the fourth Thursday of each month.
For more information: Contact Christopher Gorrell, PT, DPT at 215-893-6324 or via email.
Mission: The monthly Stroke Support Group at Penn Rehab provides education and encouragement for individuals living with the effects of a stroke.
Monthly meetings: This group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
For more information: Contact Natalia Stroutinsky MS, OTR/L at 215-893-6324 or via email.
Mission: The Spinal Cord Injury Support Group at Penn Rehab offers a variety of support for individuals living with a spinal cord injury or dysfunction. Our mission is to provide an interactive forum for people to share their ideas and experiences. We focus on creating supportive peer relationships, getting people back into fitness and sports, and providing educational opportunities for individuals with paralysis looking to regain function and independence.
Monthly meetings: This group meets on the third Tuesday of each month.
For more information: Lindsay Furlong, MOT, OTR/L at 215-893-6394, or via email.
Mission: The Aphasia Support Group offers an opportunity to practice speech and language skills in a safe and supportive environment, providing education about aphasia and encouraging socialization among members. The group is open to individuals who have aphasia – newly diagnosed or chronic – and their family members.
Monthly meetings: This group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 4-5 pm
For more information: Contact Molly Brightbill, MS CCC SLP, CBIS, at 215-893-6424 or via email .
Mission: The Brain Injury Recovery Center Caregiver Support Group is a group designed specifically for caregivers of individuals who have sustained a brain injury. This monthly group provides a forum for caregivers to share experiences, resources, and strategies for coping during this difficult transition from hospital to home and the community.
Monthly meetings: This group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 3-4pm
For more information: Contact Kjisten Robin, , MS, OTR/L, CBIS at 215-893-6425 or via email .