Brain Injury

Accredited by CARF, the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

The UF Health difference

A brain injury, or BI, affects much more than your physician condition. It affects your emotional and spiritual well-being, family, friends, coworkers and your entire world. To provide comprehensive care that addresses all areas of brain injury, you need a health care resource that can treat the whole person and not just the injury – a resource like UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital.

UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital consistently exceeds national outcomes for helping people with brain injury return to their homes and community at a functional level and in less time than comparable facilities. This is accomplished by our interdiscioplinary team approach throughout our continuum of care, from hospital to community. We develop individualized treatment programs that address the physical, cognitive, emotional and functional needs of the patient. These individualized treatment programs maximize each patient's chances for success.


Upon completing their stay at UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital in 2017, patients were discharged to the following settings:

Graphs showing discharge destination and age distribution

To assist in preparing individuals who have had a brain injury prepare for independent living, we tailor our rehabilitation services to each individual's needs.

Services, Support, and Resources

Treatment Teams

  • Physicians
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Physical, occupational and recreational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Rehabilitation psuchologists
  • Case managers
  • Dieitians


  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Speech-language therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Specialized psychological counseling
  • Group therapy and peer visits
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Respiratopry muscle strength training


  • Adaptive technology training
  • Wii™, X-box™, iPads®, mondopad ™, computer
  • Environmental control unit with smart speakers and voice-activated technology
  • Motion-activated interactive technology


  • Specialized brain injury educational programs
  • Brain injury support group for adults and adolescents


  • Orthotic brace/splint evaluations
  • Wheelchair seating, positioning and pressure mapping
  • ZeroG® gait and balance training system
  • VitalStim® therapy system
  • Bioness® L300 lower extremity rehabilitation system
  • Bioness® H200 hand rehabilitation system
  • Saebo® system
  • Training apartment for education and home-like setting
  • IOPI® Iowa Oral Pressure Instrument
  • MOTOmed with functional electrical stimulation (FES)