Pathways Traumatic Brain Injury Unit

Our Purpose

The purpose of Norwood’s Brain Injury Program is to provide rehabilitation services to individuals who have a brain injury which will increase independence and enrich their quality of life.

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Pathways Unit to provide Rehabilitation and Nursing care to individuals who have suffered brain injury as defined by Wisconsin Statutes, who are no longer in the acute stage of recovery, and who have been assessed to require, and to be able to benefit from, rehabilitation in a Skilled Nursing setting.

Our Goal

The Goal of the Pathways Unit is to provide sufficient rehabilitative services to each patient so that they may return to the community with as much independence as possible. Towards that goal, we will provide individualized treatment planning and implementation in the least restrictive manner appropriate to each individual’s needs; provide for safety of each patient; and involve each patient actively in their own treatment planning.

An interdisciplinary team will provide services. Individuals will be moved to less restrictive settings when they have been determined to no longer need the services of the unit.

We serve patients with a strong rehabilitation focus, having daily and intensive therapies including:

  • Speech Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Activity Programming
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Within Norwood our patients will have access to a full size gym, weight lifting equipment, Occupational Therapy kitchen, church services, canteen, a sensory integration room and a home-like environment.

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Brain Injury Statistics

  • Approximately 1 in every 10 individuals is touched by brain injury.
  • 1.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury every year.
  • Each year 80,000 Americans experience the onset of long-term disability following traumatic brain injury.
  • An estimated 5.3 million Americans- a little more than 2% of the U.S population- currently live with disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury.
  • Every 21 seconds, an infant, child, teenager or adult sustain a traumatic brain injury (in the U.S.).
  • The risk of TBI is highest among adolescents, young adults and those older than 75 years.
  • After one brain injury, the risk, for a second injury is three times greater, after the second injury, the risk for a third injury is eight times greater.

Source: Brain Injury Association Wisconsin BIAW