Following short inpatient rehabilitation stays, rehabilitation for limitations in complex instrumental activities, cognition, behavior and other barriers to return to community participation is currently offered by specialty posthospital rehabilitation organizations. The COVID-19 pandemic challenged these organizations to develop innovative ways to provide services while protecting the health and safety of persons served, their families, and staff and managing financial budgets based on pre-pandemic planning. This symposium describes the methods used to address these challenges by the six member organizations of the Foundation to Advance Brain Rehabilitation (Learning Services, On With Life, Pate Rehabilitation, Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, ReMed, Shepherd Center) and their outcomes.
Describe effective methods to protect persons served, families, and staff from the spread of highly infectious and novel disease during postacute brain rehabilitation
Describe the implementation and results of telerehabilitation and other service innovations initiated to reduce spread of the COVID-19 virus in postacute brain rehabilitation
Describe the impact of practice changes made in postacute brain rehabilitation centers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on infection rates, functional outcomes, and financial costs