Pathways Brain Injury Program


Pathways logoLouisville East Post Acute is proud to be the home of the Pathways Brain Injury Program. This unit is one of few in the country operating under CARF accreditation within skilled nursing. Our brain injury unit provides care to those in need of rehabilitation services during brain recovery. We understand that brain injuries can cause a variety of problems in the human body ranging from physical impairments, communication problems to cognitive difficulties. We are here to assist each patient by providing specialized care plans to assist them in each unique case.

Our rehabilitation team is committed to assisting each brain injury patient with tender care as they are on their road to recovery.

We offer the following services to those in our brain injury care unit:

Physical Therapy

Our physical therapy team works toward specific goals of achieving the patient’s highest functional level of independence. Physical therapy focuses on identification and rehabilitation of individuals with physical impairment and pain, as well as future injury prevention. Following evaluation, our experienced physical therapists develop an individualized treatment program. The goal is to achieve safety in a variety of areas.

Areas of treatment focus may include:

  • Increase strength and mobility in the body and lower extremities
  • Increase motor control
  • Improve coordination, balance and the ability to walk
  • Improve overall strength conditioning, range of motion and endurance
  • Pain management
  • Teaching proper body mechanics to prevent injury
  • Promoting safety awareness for the well being of the patient

Occupational Therapy

Our professional occupational therapists use task-directed activities in the treatment of our patients whose functional abilities, daily activities and independence have been impaired by brain injury.

Areas of treatment may include:

  • Functional independence: eating, bathing, toileting, homemaking, cooking, etc.
  • Maintenance of wellness: dressing and grooming
  • Prevention of further disability: home assessments and modifications, adaptive equipment
  • Increasing safety awareness

Speech Therapy

Our speech therapists provide a range of interventions to assess and help restore abilities in the areas of communication, swallowing and cognition. Treatment programs are designed to help patients affected by brain injury.

Areas of treatment focus may include:

  • Improving speech and voice clarity
  • Increasing comprehension and verbal expression
  • Improving chewing and swallowing ability
  • Maximizing cognitive language skills: memory, problem-solving, and abstract reasoning
  • Resident and family/caregiver education and training for managing ongoing difficulties with communication, cognition, and swallowing