Beyond the hype of the NFL scandal and the subsequent Will Smith film, “Concussion,” there are tens of thousands of people suffering the daily trauma of living with a brain injury. Whether that injury comes from a fall, car accident, stroke or aneurysm – the treatment team at Life Skills Village leads the way to brain injury rehab and recovery with a newly constructed Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation, located in Oak Park.
The 11,000 square-foot facility is designed to replicate the outside world for brain injury patients. The Life Skills Village Center for Brain Injury Rehab includes a library, gym, market, café, theater, business center and multiple social and recreational spaces. Patients are able to redevelop social and living skills, as well as progress toward their academic and vocational goals. This “community within the community” functions as a safe, supportive environment for patients to redevelop and rehearse the skills lost to their brain injury.
Patients can complement their therapies by joining one of several brain injury support groups, participating in a book club, taking a cooking class, learning mindfulness meditation or engaging in other social programs.
The Life Skills Village trans-disciplinary approach to treatment combines psychotherapy, occupational therapy, cognitive rehabilitation and speech-language pathology among many other disciplines. These are integrated into the outpatient day program so clients can improve their quality of life, attain personal fulfillment and return to independence.
Founder and CEO, Dr. Bryan Weinstein explains, “From creating an inviting space that promotes socialization to organizing a micro-business incubator for clients to offering extracurricular social programs and therapies – the new Life Skills Village Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation is designed to accelerate and intensify neuro rehab and recovery. Our goal is to help our patients get back to their lives again.”
This post was originally published on OaklandPress.