The Dr. informed us that Colleen still had the infection that she had contracted when she was at the Alfred, and it appeared that the antibiotics were not working. This was a problem and it was affecting her ability to recover, so they would be taking more blood and doing some more tests to see what they needed to do to combat the infection.
The meeting with the others were introductory each person came by Colleen's room during the day just to meet with us and explain their role and how they would be working with Colleen over the next two to three weeks. The consensus was that Colleen should only need two weeks or more, of rehabilitation.
The Caulfield Acquired Brain Injury Ward opened in late October and has 42 single-bed rooms, designed to be comfortable for patients while undertaking rehabilitation as an inpatient.
This center was the State of Victoria’s first purpose-built center of excellence in brain injury rehabilitation. It was built for the purpose of providing specialist treatment for patients with acquired brain injuries – from early stages of care through to rehabilitation and return to the community.
The unit was set up to support rehabilitation and to meet the needs of patients with severe brain injuries resulting from trauma, stroke and other medical causes of acquired brain injury. At the time Colleen was admitted there were less than 20 patients in the ward.
Colleen had a room right across from the nurses station, as she was in a high dependency ward and she was deemed a wanderer, so they needed to keep a close eye on her. There were only four other patients in the ward with her. Each patient had their own room. No outside stimulation was allowed in the ward, which meant no radio, no TV, no newspapers or magazines. The ward was secured and you could only get in or out by being buzzed in or out by the staff. The ward was monitored by CCTV at all times.