Collaboration & Treatment Specialists

At Pate Rehabilitation, many team members work together to obtain optimal outcomes for every patient. Together with the patient and his or her family, our caregivers and staff form a true team to continually identify customized treatment options that best meet each individual patient’s needs.

To ensure a consistent flow of information between the patient, family members and the interdisciplinary team of clinical experts, a case manager serves as the central contact while patients are with us. The case manager has the overall view of the patient’s case, working closely with our clinical experts and health plan insurance administrators to ensure the best care. Social workers may lend a hand by finding resources to help with housing issues, locating a mentor or learning disability expert, or helping solve family difficulties.

Our leadership has also created a highly specialized therapy development team comprised of clinical neuropsychologists, therapists, and neuroscientists who work together to improve  patients’ rehabilitation outcomes to help them resume abilities they had prior to their brain injury. After the treatment plan has been established, the therapy development team supports our staff, when requested, in creating additional, individualized rehabilitation activities. These activities are incorporated into the patient’s therapy plan to not only address the patient’s deficits, but also mimic the impact of the deficit in the real world so that the patient can overcome them in everyday situations. These teams are very important in supporting the therapists and neuropsychologists in preparing the patient for a successful return to his or her routine activities.

Program managers lead the treatment team in the implementation of the treatment plan and hold the team to the identified plan, which encourages reflection and documentation of progress made. This professional also ensures that if treatment challenges arise, they are investigated and solutions are effectively integrated into the existing treatment plan. In addition, he or she monitors the development of the discharge plan to include all aspects of functional living important to the patients and their families.

All team members meet regularly to share insights and make recommendations, allowing us to assimilate therapy holistically. Patients greatly benefit from the combination of each team member’s vast knowledge, observations, and expertise. The level of our customized, real-world approach is unmatched for several reasons:

Individualized, Holistic Treatment

Getting to know and developing trust with the patient and his or her family is an integral part of our rehabilitation process and vital to the patient’s treatment success. Understanding the patients’ needs, interests, and personality enables us to make them as “at home” as possible and to create activities that patients will use in their real-life environments.

Specialized Treatment

Each member of the therapeutic team is a specialist in his or her area, whether it’s cognitive behavioral therapy, or physical, occupational or speech therapy. By working together as a unit, these specialists help patients perform various activities simultaneously, like walking and talking, in various settings.

Staff Longevity

Because we have a collaborative, open culture at Pate Rehabilitation in which individual and group contributions are valued and respected, our staff enjoys working here and tends to stay for quite some time. Our employees have worked an average of five years at Pate, and our turnover is low. The longevity of our staff provides a safe, reliable and stable environment in which teamwork thrives, and patients know they can depend on staff to be available throughout their entire treatment and beyond.

Credentials in Brain Injury

Pate Rehabilitation is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Helping people with acquired brain injuries requires a special type of person dedicated to understanding the complexity and the challenges of ABI. CARF accreditation signals a service provider’s commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback and serving the community. At Pate, we hold a three-year accreditation—the highest level possible.

Many of our excellently trained and knowledgeable staff members are certified by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS).

Our Treatment Teams

The Functionally Independent Treatment Team (FITT)

The stories of determination, grit and success are all unique—just like the patients at Pate Rehabilitation. We applaud the courage and fortitude of our patients and the unwavering support of families as they, in turn, express their respect and gratitude for our dedicated professionals.

Patients assigned to the FITT team typically face more complicated physical and cognitive struggles; therefore, we focus therapy largely on preparing them to become as independent as possible with respect to basic activities of daily living, including communication, life skills, recreation, leisure and safety within the home and community.

Families of the FITT patients are provided with direct communication, support, education, and training from the treatment team as these patients require 24-hour assistance and supervision. Once patients are oriented and able to complete therapeutic activities with less assistance (e.g., follow a daily schedule, complete basic self-care skills, and navigate safely in familiar environments), it is recommended that they transfer to the TRILS team.

The Transition to Independent Living Skills Team (TRILS)

The staff of the Transition to Independent Living Skills Team (TRILS) is dedicated to providing functional, individualized, and evidenced-based therapy to their patients in a moderately structured environment with a variable level of distractions. The level of distraction that patients have on the TRILS team is determined by what they can individually tolerate, and this level is increased over time for patients so that they can begin to prepare for returning to life in the “real world.” Patients assigned to the TRILS team generally have some physical limitations along with more primary cognitive difficulties that interfere with their ability to efficiently complete basic activities of daily living as well as higher-level activities, such as medication management, cooking, driving, and returning to work. Therefore, treatment on the TRILS team is focused largely on helping patients complete functional activities safely, accurately, and efficiently so that they can begin to consider a return to driving, as well as a return to work and more independent living.

Families of the TRILS patients are provided with direct communication, support, and education, particularly regarding the patients’ brain injuries and how this impacts their ability to engage in important daily activities. Further education is also provided to the families on what type of assistance the patients may need once they return home. Once patients are independent with respect to their physical needs, completing their treatment schedule consistently on their own, and tolerating a moderate to significant level of distraction, it is recommended that they transfer to the ILS team.

The Independent Living Skills Team (ILS)

The staff on the Independent Living Skills Team (ILS) is dedicated to providing functional, individualized, and evidenced-based therapy to their patients in a minimally structured, highly distracting environment. Patients who are ready for the ILS team are able to complete all of their self-care activities fairly independently, and they are independent with ambulating on their own. They continue to receive physical and occupational therapy for higher-level functions such as fine motor movement and balance, but they are primarily focused on “fine tuning” their ability to independently manage their medical needs, household responsibilities, and job-related tasks.

Therefore, treatment on the ILS team is focused largely on helping patients maintain more consistency in their medication and financial management, as well as helping them develop a plan for returning to driving and to work. The ILS team will simulate patients’ job duties as much as possible so that they can begin a return-to-work schedule or pursue other appropriate vocational opportunities. If ILS patients have a job to which they plan to return, they generally do so on a gradual, part-time basis so that they can continue to attend treatment part-time to address any “loose ends” that may present themselves with respect to their jobs. Patients who do not have a job to which they can return are provided with specialized vocational testing as well as community-based referrals so that they can seek new job opportunities.

Families of the ILS patients are also provided with direct communication, support, and education regarding the patients’ brain injury and how it impacts their day-to-day lives. As on FITT and TRILS, the ILS patients’ families have an opportunity to attend monthly family conferences to hear updates on how their loved one is doing in treatment, as well as receive ongoing education regarding the patients’ brain injury and recovery.

Our teams are comprehensive and include the following disciplines:

  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians
  • Clinical neuropsychologists
  • Psychiatrists or psychiatric nurse practitioners
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and language pathologists
  • Cognitive therapists
  • Psychotherapists and counselors
  • Nurses
  • Vocational rehab counselors
  • Behavioral specialists
  • Child development specialists
  • Case managers and social workers
  • Therapy development teams
  • Program managers
  • Rehabilitation technician specialists
  • Transportation teams
  • Research analysts
  • Administrative and support teams