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Neurorehabilitation care unit

Paving the road to recovery. The Rehab Care Unit (RCU) is a family-centered unit where children, teens and young adults receive treatment for acquired neurological injuries or illnesses.

Sometimes life throws us a curve and the road gets bumpy, especially when a sudden illness or injury changes the whole course of your life and that of your child. We’re here to help your child and family navigate the changes that might result after an acute neurological injury or illness.

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Choosing Cook Children’s Neuro RCU

Our inpatient program uses a special approach that combines medical and nursing care with individualized therapies, including education, support and discharge planning. This enables us to focus on providing the best care for each child we treat based on their particular diagnosis and needs. We work together with you to create a plan of care that fits your child and your family, and gets you on the road to returning home.

Our goal is to help children reach their highest level of functionality after an injury or illness and return them to their lives safely and with as much functionality as possible. Cook Children’s RCU cares for children with a variety of acquired neurological problems, including, but not limited to:

Your child’s therapy goals will be based on his or her individual needs to encourage ongoing recovery. As a transitional rehabilitation unit, your child will be admitted from the inpatient phase. After admittance, we will develop an individualized treatment plan (ITP) with goals focused on home, school and community re-entry. An onsite Fort Worth Independent School District teacher assists with daily school activities and school re-entry. As part of a child’s care team, parents and caregivers are included in and actively participate in setting goals for the child's return to home and to learn how to care for their child each step of the way.

For more information on how to refer your child or a patient to our neurorehabilitation program, please call: 682-885-6443 or 682-885-7422.

What to expect

Because every case is different, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to helping a child recover. At Cook Children’s RCU, skilled clinicians with expertise in pediatric rehabilitative care come together as a team and work with your family based on your child’s diagnosis and needs. With our expert care team, a wide variety of state-of-the-art equipment and proven programs we offer a safe environment for individualized recovery. And you can trust that each member of our care team is specifically educated in neurological deficits and trained to care for all related medical needs.

When your child enters our RCU program he or she will be assigned a primary therapist and a primary nurse who will meet with you weekly to discuss your child’s progress in therapy, plan of care, resources, discharge needs and the recovery process.

As the primary caregivers to your child, you and your family may feel nervous about going home. To help make the transition from the RCU to home as safe and comfortable as possible, we also provide education to ensure you have the necessary skills to help the transition go smoothly. When you do make the transition home, you will leave the RCU with all available resources and follow-up care arranged so you can focus on helping your child return to school, social activities and a life that is as normal as possible.

Special features and programs

The special features and programs developed for the RCU at Cook Children’s combine a family oriented program with advanced technology that’s not only proven to work, but is engaging enough that patients and families enjoy participating in the activities we offer. The special features and programs developed for the RCU at Cook Children’s combine a family oriented program with advanced technology that’s not only proven to work, but is engaging enough that patients and families enjoy participating in the activities we offer. We feature:

Cook Children’s RCU offers several programs to meet the needs of each child on the unit including:

Therapy goals are developed based on the individual needs of each child to encourage ongoing recovery. As a transitional rehabilitation unit, children are admitted from the acute inpatient phase and develop an individualized treatment plan (ITP) with goals focused on home, school and community re-entry. An on-site FWISD school teacher assists with daily school activities and school re-entry. Parents and caregivers actively participate in setting goals for the child's return home and learn how to care for their children each step of the way.

Our rehabilitation team

Marks, Warren M.D.

Warren Marks M.D.
Medical Director, Movement Disorder
and Neurorehabilitation Program

View physician biography

Fernando Acosta M.D.

Fernando Acosta Jr., M.D.
Associate Medical Director,
Movement Disorder

View physician biography

Marsha Gabriel Ph.D. senior neuropsychologist

Marsha Gabriel Ph.D.
Senior Neuropsychologist
View psychologist biography

Our highly skilled, advanced care team is led by a pediatric neurologist and includes:

Outcomes

Average length of stay (number of days) in the RCU by year:

Year

average LOS

FY14

21.90

FY13

27.60

FY12

20.11

FY11

24.33

FY10

17.42

FY09

23.29

FY08

20.00

Average length of stay (number of days) in the RCU by diagnosis FY13:

Diagnosis

LOS FY13

Traumatic brain injury

47.00

CVA (stroke)

28.00

Neuromuscular

15.30

Epilepsy

29.00

Brain tumors

35.00

Conversion

7.00

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)

35.00

Headache/complex regional pain syndrome (HA/CRPS)

9.00

Deconditioning/ortho

15.00

Spinal cord injury

28.00

Encephalitis

10.00

Deep brain stimulation/Baclofen Trials

3.00

Outcome charts

Patient & family resources

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We are here to help.

If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. Call our offices at: 682-885-6443 to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff.

 
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