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