We're here to help
Learning to live with the progressive effects of neurologic diseases can be physically and emotionally difficult. Our neuro-rehabilitation specialists understand how challenging this may be for you and your loved ones. We provide a comprehensive program of medical, nursing and therapy care that can make all the difference in optimizing your strength, skills and abilities.
Conditions we treat
We treat a range of neurologic conditions such as:
- Parkinson's disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)
- Demyelinating polyneuropathy
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Peripheral neuropathies
- Transverse myelitis
A team approach to treatment
At Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital, our experienced neuro-rehabilitation specialists address a range of physical and functional issues including mobility, speech and cognition.
This interdisciplinary team is led by a physiatrist, a physician board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and includes rehabilitation nurses; physical and occupational therapists; speech-language pathologists; pharmacists; care managers and other clinical and support staff, as needed.
Your family members are also considered a key part of the care team and may be asked to participate in therapy sessions to learn about your condition and offer ongoing support.
An individualized rehabilitation program
Every neurologic disease presents its own challenges, with symptoms manifesting in a variety of ways. That's why we carefully tailor treatment to meet each patient's needs and help:
- Restore or maintain physical function
- Enhance skills to perform daily activities
- Maximize strength, balance and mobility
- Improve speech and swallowing
- Manage pain, spasticity or other complications
- Manage medications
- Adjust to social, emotional or behavioral changes
- Improve independence
We apply evidence-based best practices to help you build or maintain strength and skills. Our approach includes hands-on activities and high-tech therapy equipment.
Therapy sessions occur three hours each day, five days a week, or 15 hours over a seven-day period, depending on your tolerance and ability to actively participate.
Balancing treatment and technology
Patients with neurologic diseases may benefit from Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital's advanced technologies and proven therapies that include:
- Robotic equipment that boosts motor skills recovery in the arms and hands
- Body-weight supported track system to improve an individual's balance, gait and walking
- Electrical stimulation, mirror therapy and other treatments to improve upper extremity and hand function
- Non-invasive, external electrical stimulation applied to the neck to treat swallowing disorders
- Interactive gaming and computer-based exercises to improve memory, concentration, decision-making and other cognitive skills
Tools for independenceYour ability to perform daily activities at home, work, school or in the community is critical to your independence. Your therapy team may introduce a variety of tools, techniques and strategies to manage these tasks, such as adaptive equipment, reach extenders or other devices to assist in dressing, preparing meals and eating.
Aquatic therapy is a safe, effective form of rehabilitation for those who may have difficulty exercising on land.
The buoyancy of water supports the body helping ease an individual’s fear of falling and promoting mobility, balance, strength and improving gait. Buoyancy, resistance and heat are some of the key elements that make aquatic therapy ideal in addressing balance, upper and lower extremity stretching and walking progression. Our pool is heated, wheelchair-accessible and equipped with gait observation cameras.
Our care team will determine whether you may benefit from aquatic therapy.
*Please note: aquatic therapy is not currently being offered due to COVID-19 restrictions. We hope to offer it again in the near future.
A unique continuum of careTo help you return to school, work, home, community and social activities, Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital provides an unparalleled continuity of care. We help you manage your health from inpatient through outpatient care.
About our Parkinson's Disease program
Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital has multiple physical therapists and occupational therapists certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIG® as well as speech therapists certified in LSVT LOUD®.
LSVT BIG® addresses movement deficiencies or issues with balance, walking and other activities of daily living such as dressing.
LSVT LOUD® focuses on increasing vocal loudness to a normal voice quality level.
We offer three hours of intensive therapy, which may include specialized Parkinson’s treatment to improve walking, mobility, safety, dressing and speaking.
You may be referred to us from home if you are seeing a decline in function, are suffering from falls or have a safety concern.
We will work closely with you, and your family, physician/neurologist and/or the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital.