Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Individualized care that optimizes recovery
All brain injuries are different, creating assorted challenges for survivors and their families. Recovery involves significant hurdles and important choices, and where you go for treatment can make a difference. At Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation, you’ll find the comprehensive care, advanced treatment, technologies, training and support to help restore your strength, skills and independence.
Patient with therapist.

The Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation difference

As one of the largest brain injury rehabilitation programs in the country, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation treats more patients with complex medical, physical and cognitive needs. This gives us unparalleled expertise and experience to address your individual challenges, goals and hopes for the future.

  • Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Dallas is one of only 16 centers nationwide designated as a Model System for the treatment and research of traumatic brain injury by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

  • We draw on the knowledge of an experienced team of brain injury specialists to address the range of medical, physical, functional and emotional issues you face.

    This interdisciplinary team is led by a physiatrist, a physician board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and includes rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational, speech, respiratory and recreation therapists; psychologists and neuropsychologists; dietitians; case managers; and other clinical and support staff as needed.

    Together, we optimize the recovery of individuals at every level of injury from those in a minimally conscious state to those with mild traumatic brain injury.

  • Treatment is carefully integrated and tailored to your specific needs and goals. Depending on how you have been impacted by your injury, we will help you:

    • Maximize alertness and responsiveness
    • Improve sleep/wake cycles
    • Develop new cognitive, communication and behavioral strategies
    • Improve physical function, balance and mobility
    • Manage pain and spasticity
    • Improve any vision, speech and/or swallowing difficulties
    • Enhance the skills needed to perform daily activities
    • Overcome psychological and social challenges
    • Return home and resume work, school or community activities with as much confidence and independence as possible
  • Studies1 show that the sooner you begin a highly coordinated, comprehensive brain injury rehabilitation program, the greater gains you are likely to achieve. As a specialized hospital, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation offers an early start to rehabilitation. We work closely with you, your family and the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to our program.

    Here you will benefit from a minimum of three hours of daily physical, occupational and/or speech and other therapies, five days a week. The skills and strategies you learn will be reinforced by your nursing team and in recreational activities.

    Depending on the level of your injury and abilities, you may be provided with a wheelchair and other assistive equipment, including electronic aids to assist with daily tasks.

    You and your family will also be given the education and training to help you maintain your overall health and well-being following discharge.

    When you’re ready, we’ll coordinate your discharge, help arrange for equipment and provide access to community resources that may be available to you. Our goal, like yours, is that you move forward with as much independence and confidence as possible.       

  • To help you return home and resume work, school, community and/or social activities, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation provides an unparalleled continuum and continuity of care. We are here to help you manage your health from inpatient to outpatient and offer lifelong follow-up. This includes medical, therapy, wheelchair and mobility needs, driving and other specialized services to meet any ongoing or changing needs.

  • On average, patients at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation have greater improvement during their stay and greater functional abilities upon discharge, based on national benchmarks* that measure factors such as mobility and the ability to perform daily living activities. This generally translates to greater independence and a higher quality of life for those who choose us for their rehabilitation.

Joshua Bennett
Our patients say it best 
Joshua's story
A motorcycle crash left Joshua Bennett with a traumatic brain injury, broken bones and internal injuries. After the crash, the prognosis of Joshua ever coming out of his coma wasn't good, but on Mother's Day he opened his eyes for the first time following the crash.

Your progress. Our programs.

It’s important to remember that recovery takes time. Every patient is different and your stay with us will depend on the extent of your injury, your goals and the progress you make each day. Here are some of Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation’s many advanced brain injury programs and services.

  • Many patients, often those who have had a fall or been involved in a motor vehicle accident, have a “dual-diagnosis” of a traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury or amputation. For these individuals, we offer a highly integrated program of care to help them overcome the range of challenges they face and rebuild their skills, abilities and independence.

  • Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation Institute’s disorders of consciousness program is a pioneering approach to treating the unique needs of individuals who are in a coma or minimally conscious state. We effectively combine medical care, pharmacological management and therapy interventions to maximize each individual’s potential for recovery.

    Learn more about our disorders of consciousness program.

  • Many individuals with traumatic brain injuries may be unable to breath on their own due to the extent of their injury. Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation’s advanced ventilator and respiratory management program helps patients maximize their breathing potential and decrease the likelihood of respiratory complications. Our respiratory therapists and ventilator-certified nurses and therapists work to wean appropriate patients from mechanical ventilators and tracheostomies, and support those with a diaphragmatic pacing system. This helps improve speech and swallowing, as well as comfort, independence and overall quality of life.

  • A brain injury may interfere with the way a person thinks, behaves and functions. You may have difficulties with memory, concentration, communication, speech, swallowing and vision, as well as mobility and the ability to perform basic tasks. Cognitive rehabilitation will provide you with the skills and strategies to overcome these challenges.

  • The 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 electronic aids and other assistive technologies, such as advanced environmental controls, voice-activated systems, wireless headsets and other adaptive equipment that can help you manage these everyday tasks.

  • Preparing you and your family for life ahead is one of our primary goals. We provide extensive education to help you understand the challenges and opportunities of living with a brain injury and the strategies, resources and training to help. We also offer number of patient and family support groups where you’ll be able to discuss common concerns, share information and gain greater insight and encouragement.

  • To help reinforce your skills and restore your spirit, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation’s specially trained Canine Companions may be part of your therapy program. Our therapists work with these remarkable dogs, like Grayson, to engage patients in a wide range of activities that support the rehabilitation process.

    *Not available at all locations

  • Some brain injury survivors may need to use a wheelchair, and it is important that you are fitted properly. Our therapists will evaluate your physical and lifestyle needs and use pressure mapping and other tools to find the option best for you.

  • The ability to drive allows brain injury survivors to lead lives that are more independent. Our certified driver rehabilitation specialists offer evaluation and training to help appropriate individuals drive safely. Specialists will also discuss modifications and/or adaptations that may needed for your vehicle, provide guidance on updating your license or taking the required road test. Learn more about the Adaptive Driving Program.

  • If you are homebound and unable to continue brain injury rehabilitation through our Day Neuro Program or at one of our outpatient locations, home health may be necessary. Our full-service Home Health division brings your treatment home with our mobile team of licensed therapists and nurses.

    For more information about our Home Health services, call (972) 691-3131.

A distinguished leader in traumatic brain injury research

North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System logoA unique designation

Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation (BSWIR) - Dallas is one of only 16 organizations in the nation designated as a TBI Model System. In 2002, the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (NTX-TBIMS) was established to include a unique partnership that leverages the clinical and research capacity between BSWIR and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The NTX-TBIMS provides the largest continuum of care to individuals with TBI in North Texas and surrounding states and the contribution of two publicly funded county hospitals ensures that minorities and other underserved individuals can obtain quality acute rehabilitation and adequate support to transition from rehabilitation into community life. This continuum includes emergency medical services, acute care, rehabilitation and outpatient services.

Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation has been awarded Model System grants by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), which fund groundbreaking, next-generation medical research for patients with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries and follows them throughout their lifetime.

Learn more about the TBI Model System.

Let Us Help

Studies1 show that people with brain injuries who are treated at a rehabilitation hospital like Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation, have a higher level of independence and are more likely to be discharged home than those treated in other care settings. These are just a few of the reasons more patients with brain injury and their families trust us with their care every year.

1 Assessment of Patient Outcomes of Rehabilitative Care Provided in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) and After Discharge. Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC. 2014.