The brain not only controls our motions, it is also the locus of speech, memory, attention, spatial orientation and last but not least our behaviour. In patients with neurological diseases these functions can be impaired.
Depending on the functions that are compromised, patients with neurological disorders may require many different therapies: such as physical therapy, ergotherapy or sports therapy, swallowing therapy, speech therapy, memory- or attention-enhancing therapy with neuropsychologists, art or music therapy. In addition, social workers and pastors offer help and support for both patients and their families to cope with emotionally difficult situations.
The aim of neuro-rehabilitation
Our aim is to improve the patient’s clinical situation or at least his or her every-day coping with the impairment. To achieve this goal we use well established methods as well as innovative and promising therapy approaches (see also Research & Development).
Our aim is to improve the patient’s clinical situation or at least his or her every-day coping with the impairment. To achieve this goal we use well established methods as well as innovative and promising therapy approaches.
The St. Mauritius Therapy C!inic at the Düsseldorf Catholic Hospital Group (VKKD} is the most modern neurological rehabilitation clinic in western Germany Patients benefitfrom an experienced neurologica/ rehabilitation team and a dedicated, state-ofthe art diagnostics department with an MRI scanner and a robot-assisted treatment unit.
Over 240 members of staff, of which more than 20 are doctors and more than 90 are practising therapists - amongthem psychologists, sports therapists and physiotherapists - provide care to just under 200 patients. From the ratio of patients to staff, you can easily see how much individual care our specialists are ableto give to people who are at a point in their life when they require medical and rehabilitative assistance and emotional support.
A well-thought-out and continuously updated concept for each and every patient is just as critical to our success as specialist knowledge and expertise or the right equipment. These personalised therapy concepts are drawn up in accordance with the individual rehabilitation status of the patient and how much oftheir movement, language and psychological functions remain. They are discussed in consultation with the patient and their family and are implemented in a structured process. This highly developed, modular system and the positive outcomes resulting from modern rehabilitation medicine explain the high demand for therapy places in our clinic both from Germany and abroad.
Neurologists treat people suffering from diseases of the brain, the spine and the peripheral nerves. This includes strokes, brain haemorrhages, head injuries, degenerative nerve disorders, Parkinson's and inflammations of the brain or nerves.
Most of our patients are referred to us from other hospitals following an acute t reatment. We either continue the treatment, adapt it according to how the disease is progressing or complement it. At the same time and even if we have not yet carried out any intensive medical procedures - we begin to train the patients, preventing complications by keeping them active and attempting to restore their brain and nerve function as early and as effectively as possible.
The restoration of functions is a step-by-step process. In our early rehabilitation units, intensive medical care and nursing focuses on improving patients' awareness, building their communicative and cooperative skills, teaching them how to breathe and swallow again, and getting them to sit upright and take those first steps towards mobility.
In the units for follow-on rehabilitation, we work on achieving greater independence in day-to-day activities by improving functions involved in sensory motor control and coordination and by restoring language, drive, emotion, motivation, orientation, awareness and memory. The aim is to restore as much independence and quality of life as possible.