Published on 24. August 2017

Return to life

Sometimes tragedy strikes: a misfortune happens, suddenly and in a flash, or an illness that no one expected, for example after a stroke or an accident. Then nothing is the same as it was before.

In such cases, the patients are dependent on high-quality and innovative cutting-edge medicine. At Vivantes Spandau Hospital, people whose nervous systems have been severely damaged can find their way back to a self-determined life with the help of individually oriented multiprofessional neurorehabilitation. Highly specialized neurologists and neurosurgeons guarantee personalized diagnostics, acute treatment and specific modern neurorehabilitation at the highest national and international level - and all from a single source. Physicians and therapists are closely networked. Therapists from all disciplines (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, music and art therapists, neuropsychologists, nutritionists) provide the best therapy for motor, speech, swallowing and cognitive disorders. Specially trained nursing staff provide patients with highly professional and service-oriented care around the clock, with the involvement of family members. Social workers prepare the way back into life for the patient and his relatives together with the cost bearers - outside the clinic. International patients are accompanied and advised in their native language by highly qualified, interculturally trained case managers and patient supervisors; they are an important part of the multiprofessional team.

At the center: the patient

Everything is always about the well-being of the patient, supporting his or her health and personal goals, and providing individual support. The medical structure at Spandau Hospital is designed to provide all treatments, including outpatient therapies, from intensive and acute care units to specialized neurological early rehabilitation. The range of treatments is based on the cooperation of three specialized departments of neuroscience: neurology with stroke unit, neurological rehabilitation and physical therapy, and the center for severely craniocerebral injured patients.

Robotic support

The multiprofessional treatment team combines different state-of-the-art therapy procedures, tailored to the individual rehabilitation goals of each patient. One example: therapy robots of the latest generation, such as gait robots and machines, exploit the brain's readiness to change and its rehabilitation potential as part of gait therapy. Especially in the early stages of neurorehabilitation, a high repetition rate of step cycles in the standing position is crucial. Vivantes Spandau Hospital is unique in Germany in offering not only inpatient but also outpatient therapy here. Marcel Böhme was able to benefit from this. The 40-year-old man has been paraplegic since an accident at work eight years ago. In the meantime, he has become a father and was able to move into his own house with his girlfriend. In addition to his work, Marcel Böhme advises patients on robot-assisted therapy in combination with other therapies. therapy in combination with other therapies. He actively trains patients and gives lectures.

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