Pate Rehabilitation Extends Services to Hispanic Community With New Program for Spanish Speakers

Pate Rehabilitation, delivering evidence-based treatment and support programs for individuals recovering from acquired brain injuries (ABIs), today officially announced the launch of its Spanish treatment program. This comprehensive linguistic and cultural approach maximizes the benefits of brain injury rehabilitation for patients in the Hispanic community, including monolingual Spanish speakers and bilingual individuals.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census report, more than 16 percent of the U.S. population is of Hispanic origin. The majority of this group speaks Spanish as their primary language and, therefore, may experience a disadvantage in medical care provided in English. Pate’s Spanish treatment team is bilingual and receives specialized training in the linguistic and cultural issues that may impact the process of rehabilitation and recovery from brain injury.

“Languages are not always interchangeable, so it is important that we provide the same quality of services in Spanish as we do in English,” says Katrina E. Belen, Psy.D., clinical neuropsychologist at Pate Rehabilitation. “When a patient has to shift focus between an interpreter and a clinician, and simultaneously process their non-verbal cues, it places an unnecessary demand on an already fragile process. Our rehabilitation team is able to communicate directly with the patient and his or her caregivers in a culturally-relevant way that promotes the best outcomes and accelerates the rehabilitation process.”

Pate extends its therapy sessions into Spanish-speaking environments, enabling patients to practice skills in their own cultural communities. Additionally, Pate provides support groups and family conferences entirely in Spanish.

“At Pate, we continue to advocate and provide quality care for all individuals who have sustained an acquired brain injury,” says Kent Hayden, president of Pate Rehabilitation. “We are thrilled that our bilingual and culturally-relevant program now enables us to offer superior services and support programs to this previously underserved population.”