Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP) in Richmond Virginia - Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA
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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA

 

Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP) in Richmond Virginia

PTRP building 

The Richmond Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP) is one of only five specialized community reintegration programs in the country. Offering physical and cognitive rehabilitation after brain injury, PTRP works with Active Duty Service Members, Veterans, and families to maximize individual recovery and independence. Participants collaborate with the treatment team to develop an individualized plan for returning to meaningful daily activities in the least restrictive environment. PTRP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and uses evidence-based practices to inform individual and group treatments.

Who you will be working with: Our team consists of a physician, a Neuropsychologists, a Psychologist, a Psychiatrist, a Social Worker, a Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Therapist, two Recreational Therapists, two Kinesiotherapists, two Occupational Therapists, a Physical Therapist, a Speech Language Pathologist, an Nurse Case Manager and a team of 24/7 LPNs providing supervision and care during non-treatment hours. We provide group and individual therapies, on-site and community based activities, vocational, and recreational activities.

To refer a patient or for more information about the PTRP Program, please contact the PTRP Case Manager at (804) 675-3478.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will I be at PTRP? The recommended length of stay will be tailored to your specific needs. People in our program stay anywhere from a few weeks to several months depending on how they are progressing towards their personalized rehabilitation goals. A tentative discharge date will be provided during admission conference in your second week.

Will I have all individual sessions? While in our program, you will participate in both individual and group sessions that are tailored to your needs based on your individualized treatment plan.

What is the difference between STAR and PTRP? The PTRP program is designed to facilitate increased independence in any activities that are meaningful to you in your home, work, or community. The STAR program focuses more specifically on supporting a successful return to work. Many, but not all, individuals start their recovery process in PTRP and later transition to STAR.

What should I bring? Please refer to this “Items to Bring” list for necessary medical information, identification, personal items including clothing, personal care products, and other items to bring with you to the PTRP Program.

Is food provided? Breakfast and lunch food items are ordered weekly and stocked in the kitchen for you to use to prepare your meals (nursing is available to assist as needed). Buffet dinner is provided from main hospital or you can cook or order out for dinner.

Will I have my own room? Yes, you will have your own room and bathroom with a shared living room, dining room and kitchen areas.

Where will I store my medication?
Medications will be stored in the nursing office in a locked box. As part of the PTRP program, you will participate in a medication program with the nursing staff that involves arriving on time for scheduled medications and increasing knowledge of these medications.

We offer Telehealth! Contact our Telehealth Coordinator at (804) 675 5000 ext. 2463 if you are interested.

The PNS program offers a new program called Clinical Video Telehealth into the Home (CVThm).  This program allows Veterans to access their VA health care providers and receive health care through secure, encrypted video teleconferencing from the comfort and privacy of their own home. Link to additional useful information and resources: VA Telehealth

Have additional questions about our program? Please refer to our new PTRP Orientation Manual

Other TBI and Polytrauma Educational Resources:

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) created the A Head for the Future initiative to raise awareness and lower the risk of concussion. How? By spreading the word about signs, symptoms and treatment of brain injuries and educating service members and veterans about how to prevent them. We’re talking to you – military families, line leaders, health care providers and caregivers.

Polytrauma System of Care/TBI Webpage
VA’s Polytrauma System of Care (PSC) is an integrated network of specialized rehabilitation programs dedicated to serving Veterans and Service Members with both combat and civilian related Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and polytrauma. Services available through PCS include: interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment, development of a comprehensive plan of care, case management, patient and family education and training, psychosocial support, and application of advanced rehabilitation treatments and prosthetic technologies.

Understanding TBI
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may happen from a blow or jolt to the head or an object penetrating the brain. When the brain is injured, the person can experience a change in consciousness that can range from becoming disoriented and confused to slipping into a coma. The person might also have a loss of memory for the time immediately before or after the event that caused the injury. Not all injuries to the head result in a TBI.

Understanding Polytrauma
Polytrauma occurs when a person experiences injuries to multiple body parts and organ systems often, but not always, as a result of blast-related events. TBI frequently occurs in polytrauma in combination with other disabling conditions, such as amputation, burns, spinal cord injury, auditory and visual damage , spinal cord injury (SCI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other medical conditions. Due to the severity and complexity of their injuries, Veterans and Service Members with polytrauma require a high level of integration and coordination of clinical care and other support services.