"I have been specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury since 1991 and have worked in a variety of specialized settings for Traumatic Brain Injury. The continuum of care is essential for the patient, and the transition into the community is essential for overall quality of life. Aurora Community Services is a state of the art facility that gives our patients a home. Aurora Community Services provides trained staff that are caring, passionate and flexible with goal planning and implementation, which is critical with the Traumatic Brain Injured population.

It is my philosophy that functional cognitive therapy within the home setting is critical for positive outcomes with Traumatic Brain Injury, and the Aurora team is extremely effective in connecting the clinical goals within the home environment. The Aurora team works hard at integrating care and schedules staffings throughout each year. The staffings allow the patient to have a voice in their goal planning and the teams to share ideas and progress. The patient feels empowered from the staffings because they are allowed to give input and the staffings are instrumental on keeping everyone on the same page” Thank you to the Aurora team for making my job easy!"

Susan Gawey Apgar, M.S.,CCC-SLP
Neurocognitive Therapist
American Speech and Hearing Association
Colorado Speech and Hearing Association
Past Co-Chair of the Brain Injury Association

 

"I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for the exemplary care you have been providing my client. I realize how difficult she can be at times and I appreciate the ongoing effort to meet her daily needs and ever challenging behaviors. I appreciate the enormous effort that your team provides to follow up on goals set by the therapists involved with my client as well their creativity to promote compliance. It is certainly evident in my client’s continued gains that she is in the best possible setting and that your staff is incredibly dedicated to providing a therapeutic environment while maintaining a warm comfortable home."

Robin Dahmen, MSN, CCM, CMC
Life Care Solutions, Inc

 

"As a psychotherapist in private practice, I have had the pleasure of working with Aurora Community Services and am quite impressed with their professionalism. ACS has been the case managers and home care providers with several of my patients with brain injuries. They are extremely capable in coordinating multidisciplinarian team conferences with the many providers on the cases and in facilitating communication between the patients and providers. I have found that ACS is particularly effective in handling issues with patients in a timely and responsive manner. ACS shows dedication, as well as compassion, with all of their patients, and demonstrates similar committment to providers on their cases."

Trudy C Dawson, MSW, LCSW, PC

 

“I certainly think that these types of services are a vital part of a person’s rehabilitation and recovery from moderate to severe Tramatic Brain Injury. The provision of timely and well received services can make all the difference in a person’s ability to establish and maintain personal and family independence. The post acute care community based approach is a logical, efficient, and therapeutic mode of providing support, education, retraining, and personal and vocational reorientation.”

Anthony M. Ricci, PhD, ABPP, PC Diplomate,
Rehabilitation Psychology American Board of Professional Psychology

 

“We had a family member who suffered a traumatic brain injury a few years ago. After a couple of months at a Rehab hospital, they transferred him to the rehab house with Mandi and her staff. We saw tremendous improvement as they worked with him on a daily basis on cognitive therapy, physical therapy, and activities of daily living. It was a relief to know that he was being well cared for, he was comfortable with Mandi and her staff, and that he was continuing to improve. We believe that the care, support, and rehab that he received made a huge difference to his progress and cognitive abilities today. We also believe it was an integral and necessary piece in moving him forward in his recovery, and cannot imagine where he would have been today without it! Thank you all so much for your care and concern with our loved one. We will be forever grateful!”

K.W., S.W.

 

“Living at Aurora facility is really nice, especially because of the staff. I always feel safe and confident with them. We laugh with each other and most of the time we joke around. I was asked once if I would go back to my former life and I said,’if I could I would but I’d rather stay in this one because I like my personality better.’ I think the staff had a lot to do with that. I remember saying, ‘it’s the best place I’ve ever lived’.”

Catherine, consumer

 

“The staff are wonderful, caring, and professional. The consumers are quite pleased with all the services and I would recommend Aurora to anyone who required the services.”

Shari Fickes, RN, BSN

 

“My name is Jim. I suffered a traumatic brain injury 9/6/ 06. I know that because that is a date that will forever be etched in my mind. I am writing this letter to say that the company with whom I stayed with throughout part of my rehab and recovery, which was managed and run by Mandi Barnard, helped me in so many ways I can't even begin to list them all. Mostly, they helped me manage my "anger issues." When I got to the Springs, I was mad at the world for me being the way I was. I didn't necessarily show it, but I was. Mandi's staff helped me immensly. They showed me that it was possible to lead a regular life after a serious injury, like I was dealing with. During my time with them, my wife filed for divorce (adding insult to injury, so to speak), my boss when I got hurt made it official that I wasn't "needed" anymore, the list goes on and on. Through all that, I knew that the staff and Mandi were there for me. There to whine to, lending their ears to all of my personal problems (which they didn't have to do). More than anything, I just want it to be known to the whole world that Mandi and her group of "counselors" made all the difference to my recovery. Without them, it is hard telling where I would be today. Not as far along as I am, of that I am positive.”

Jim

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