At the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute (NRI) at Brookhaven Hospital, we understand that individuals with a moderate to severe brain injury will have needs that evolve over time. For individuals with a brain injury, the normal effects of growing older are often accelerated. When adults are aging with a brain injury, issues like early onset dementia, fatigue, memory-loss and other neurological problems can compound the original effects of their traumatic brain injury. This can cause frustration for the individual with a brain injury and strain on their caregivers.

That’s why we’ve created the Lifespan Alternative, a unique residential program for adults aging with a brain injury. For more than 20 years, our trained technicians have been providing neurological rehabilitation, behavioral therapy and counseling services to individuals with moderate to severe brain injuries. Our treatments provide supportive neurological care designed to help our patients maintain certain skill sets and support cognitive health.

The Lifespan Alternative provides expert neurological care in a compassionate environment so that adults with traumatic brain injuries can experience maximum dignity and independence as they grow older.

Brain Injury Services
Our services focus on helping individuals to maintain maximum dignity and independence as they grow older.

Aging With a Brain Injury
Brain injuries can accelerate the affects of aging. Neurological care can improve quality of life.

Neurologic Rehabilitation
Our trained experts focus on providing you with cutting-edge neurologic rehabilitation treatments.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation
The Lifespan program at Brookhaven focuses on providing long-term care and life planning.

Caregivers and Mental Health Problems
Treating individuals with mental health problems can have a serious effect on caregivers.

Moderate to Severe Brain Injury
Our treatment plan can often help individuals with moderate to severe brain injuries live long and meaningful lives.

Long-term Disability Assistance
A comprehensive program to address the long-term needs of a person living with a brain injury disability

Behavioral Problems and Depression
Lifespan can help treat adults with brain injuries' behavioral health problems as they grow older.

Comprehensive Professional Rehabilitation for Brain Injury
Lifespan supports and maintains rehabilitation gains over the years when rehabilitation is over.

The Lifespan Alternative

A Program of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital

We’re changing the culture of care for people living with a brain injury. The Lifespan Alternative is a new alternative to residential care for individuals with a brain injury. Instead of delivering peace and comfort, nursing homes often become places of loneliness and despair for survivors of a brain injury. Most nursing homes simply aren’t equipped—medically, professionally, or culturally—to handle their unique needs. That’s why we developed The Lifespan Alternative. It is what we specialize in.

A Letter from our CEO

Family members know the realities of living with the effects of a severe brain injury. They have firsthand knowledge of their loved one’s life in the years following their injury and the impact of a brain injury impinging on many aspects of a quality life. As the person ages, they also see the effects of brain injury on the aging process. They know and anticipate that their family member will require increased care over the course of time. And they know that they will face difficult decisions in the future about the care of their loved one. (more)

What do we do?

The Lifespan Alternative offers a new beginning. We’ve been improving the lives of individuals with a brain injury for over 25 years, and we’ve developed an unparalleled understanding of the issues a person faces as he or she ages. We approach brain injury as a physiological process that requires professional support; it isn’t an ending point, but rather a new chapter of life. Just like everyone else, people with a brain injury are entitled to a future of comfort, dignity, health, and fulfillment. That’s what we promise… and deliver.