Degenerative Neurological Conditions

Degenerative neurological conditions include Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. Patients often suffer a loss of normal motor functioning, a change in mood and a gradual loss of cognitive abilities. The impact of these diseases is felt by friends and family as well, and is made harder by the fact that there is no cure.  Boulder Community Hospital provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to address the needs of these challenging conditions, including evaluation, therapy services, education and training. 

Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis

Conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis are disorders that lead to a progressive loss of function.  These diseases generally affect the nervous system through a continuing deterioration of cells and organ function.  At Boulder Community Hospital, we offer an integrative approach to rehabilitation therapy that addresses every part of the patient's mental and physical health to achieve optimal wellness.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Services

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, is a progressive and, ultimately, fatal brain disease.  It destroys brain cells, causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The symptoms of Alzheimer's are divided into "cognitive" and "behavioral and psychiatric." Cognitive symptoms affect memory, language, judgment, planning and other thought processes, and are usually treated with medications.  Behavioral and psychiatric symptoms affect the way the patient feels and acts, and can be treated with rehabilitation.  Rehabilitation Services can provide evaluation of current abilities and individualized treatment to maximize independence and safety.  In addition, patient, family and caregiver education are an integral part of our care.

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over the age of 60, and can be diagnosed as early as age 30.  The disorder of the central nervous system results from the loss of cells in various parts of the brain, including a region called the substantia nigra which produces dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical messenger responsible for transmitting signals within the brain that allow for coordination of movement. Loss of dopamine causes neurons to fire without normal control, leaving patients less able to direct or control their movement.

Symptoms can include resting tremor, slowness of movement, postural instability, and rigidity. In addition, patients can suffer from mild memory difficulties to dementia, mood disorders, constipation, sleep problems, speech difficulties, unexplained pain and loss of smell.  Rehabilitation Therapy Services can be an important approach to treating the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, providing education and strategies to maintain function and addressing safety concerns in daily activities.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system, which consists of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Surrounding and protecting the nerve fibers of the central nervous system is a fatty tissue called myelin, which helps nerve fibers conduct electrical impulses. In MS, myelin is lost in multiple areas, leaving scar tissue and sometimes damaging the nerve fiber itself. The inability of nerve fibers to conduct electrical impulses produces the various symptoms of MS. These symptoms are unpredictable and can vary from patient to patient and from time to time.

Because MS manifests itself differently in each patient at different times, individuals need a personalized treatment plan and ongoing collaboration with a knowledgeable physician and rehabilitation team. The Rehabilitation Team can provide evaluation of the current abilities and functional needs of each individual.  Therapy services can address specific skills, develop strategies and recommend specialized equipment to improve function at home and in the community. 

Treatment Options at Boulder Community Health

Both our Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation programs are recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO) for outstanding quality of care.  In addition, the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program is recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program. 

Inpatient Rehabilitation Services

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

Obtaining Services

For more information regarding Inpatient Rehabilitation for degenerative neurological conditions, contact us at (303) 938-3168.  For more information regarding Outpatient Rehabilitation, contact us at (303) 415-4400.

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