Jewish Senior Life Debuts New Neurobehavioral Rehab Program

Program has a capacity for 20 patients and is currently accepting applications

Jewish Senior Life recently opened a new neurobehavioral rehabilitation program — a specialized program designed for individuals who exhibit challenging behaviors related to brain injuries, neurological impairments such as dementia, or certain behavioral health conditions.

The program is one of the first of its kind in Rochester, making it possible for individuals from the area to receive care close to home.

“Having support can play a huge role in a person’s ability to recover and regain their independence,” said Mike King, president and CEO of Jewish Senior Life. “We have individuals coming to our program who have had to live away from their families for years. Now, people are able to get the care they need right here in Rochester. We’re so proud to make that possible for our community.”

Individuals receiving treatment at Jewish Senior Life’s neurobehavioral rehabilitation program focus on developing behavioral management strategies based on their individual needs. Patients work one-on-one with highly trained medical professionals to achieve their maximum health and functional ability, so they are able to successfully manage a daily routine following discharge.

“It’s really common for individuals affected by brain injury or dementia to have difficulty adapting to their environment, but unfortunately there is a limited number of rehabilitation programs in New York state equipped for this kind of care,” said Michael Celento, neurobehavioral program director, Jewish Senior Life. “I’m incredibly proud to be part of an organization that continually looks for opportunities to better serve the needs of our community, and I’m even prouder of our new neurobehavioral program that does just that.”

An in-house team of behavioral health specialists, nurses and psychiatrists is available 24 hours a day for patient support, helping individuals develop increased independence and personal awareness through: behavioral counseling and stress management; life and vocational skills; medical monitoring and support; care management; nutritional planning and dietary services; psychiatric consultation; recreation therapy that includes unique programs like horticulture, creative arts therapy, and neurologic music therapy; and access to a peaceful courtyard space, where patients can enjoy quiet reflection in a safe and enclosed area.

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Photo: King