Sage Outpatient Treatment Team:
- Speech-Language Pathologist (ST) -Treats problems with language, expression, comprehension (the way we communicate), swallowing disorders, cognitive disorders (problem solving, reasoning, memory, attention), and speech/voice disorders. Language and cognitive problems are among the most common and long lasting problems experienced by survivors of neurological injury.
- Occupational Therapist (OT) – Provides exercises and practice to help patients do things they could do before their injury such as feeding, bathing, dressing, writing, or cooking. OT’s teach new techniques to help patients perform daily activities better and function more independently. They also help patients establish a routine of self-care, and work on improved thinking through interaction and activities. OT’s help maintain muscle tone, for improved strength, coordination, balance, visual skills, and fine motor skills.
- Physical Therapist (PT) – Performs techniques to help patients with movement of joints, limbs, and core. PT’s provide training and exercises to improve walking, getting in and out of a bed or chair, and moving around without losing balance. They also teach family members how to help with exercises and how to help the patient move, walk, and transfer in and out of bed and a vehicle. PT’s focus on physical reconditioning to improve strength, coordination, and balance of gross motor skills.
- Social Worker (SW) – Helps patients deal with social, financial, emotional, vocational and other practical aspects of their condition. SW’s help patients use the most effective coping strategies and problem solving to maximize their adjustment and recovery. SW’s counsel patients and family on issues including grief & loss, adjustment to altered lifestyle, caregiver concerns, and depression, anxiety and caregiver stress.
- Therapy Technician (Tech) – Aids therapy activities by working with therapists to facilitate appropriate patient therapy. A rehab tech performs strengthening and maintenance exercises with patients during downtime between therapy sessions for PT, OT or ST as instructed by the respective therapist. Rehab techs also assist patients who need help ambulating in a designated area, transferring, preparing for meals and using the restroom.
- Neuropsychology– Neuropsychologists are experts in the functions of the brain as they relate to the psychological and behavior processes. The neuropsychologist can offer standardized cognitive testing, psychotherapy, and individual/family counselling services. Behavorial plans and recommendations can also be made by a neuropsychologist following a brain injury.
- Nutritional Services- A registered dietician, speech therapist, or occupational therapist will address any nutritional needs following hospitalization, injury, or on an as needed basis.