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BIALA Resource Guide for Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

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Calcasieu Business & Career Solutions Center

Lake Charles
337 721-4010

The Louisiana Workforce Commissions vision is to make Louisiana the best place in the country to get a job or grow a business, and our goal is to be the country's best workforce agency

Calcasieu Women's Shelter

Lake Charles

Oasis Safe Haven shelter for women.

Lake Charles Housing Authority

Lake Charles

Section 8 and low-rent housing

Lake Charles Transportation

Lake Charles

The City of Lake Charles Para-Transit Service offers a special mode of transportation to disabled people who meet federal eligibility guidelines. Call one day in advance.

Calcasieu Parish Housing Authority

Lake Charles

Section 8, Low-Rent housing

Families Helping Families of Southwest Louisiana

Lake Charles

"We work with individuals with any kind of special need (mental, physical, emotional, or educational). We offer a resource lending library, quarterly email newsletter, research on disability related topics, information and referral, education and training and peer support and advocacy skills training." Region V - serving parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis

Ainsleys Angels of America

Lake Charles

Ainsleys Angels of America is a non-profit organization that matches runners with people with disabilities who want to compete in races.

Calcasieu Public Transit

Lake Charles

***Rides must be scheduled in advance.***

Calcasieu Public Transit has nine buses, which are all equipped with liftgates for easy wheelchair accessibility.

Transit services are available in Rural and Urban areas of Calcasieu Parish.

Services are offered to those who are elderly, disabled, and the general public.

There is a service fee for each ride. Transit office hours are 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Buses run 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Christus Health Inpatient Rehabilitation

Lake Charles

The focus of our program is for our patients to regain function and return to their normal activities. Patients accepted into the acute rehabilitation program must meet specific admission criteria including loss of function related to a disease or condition and must be referred by a physician.

Conditions treated: Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, and more.

By extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, our mission is to provide a quality, personalized, comprehensive rehabilitation program in order to improve the independence of those we serve.

CARF Accredited Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

CARF Accredited Stroke Specialty Program

Center for Neurosurgical and Spinal Disorders

1614 Wolf Circle
Lake Charles

The Center for Neurosurgical & Spinal Disorders is the premier treatment facility for spine surgery and brain surgery in Southwestern Louisiana!

Treats spine and brain disorders.

Dr. Wolf is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in minimally-invasive spine surgery.  He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Lake Charles Memorial Health System-Support Groups

1701 Oak Park Blvd
Lake Charles
(337) 494-3150

Lake Charles Memorial has a variety of education programs, training, and support groups that address the varying needs of patients, professionals, and physicians.

Diabetes Support Group:

When: First Tuesday of each month from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM.
Location: Memorial’s Diabetes Education Office, 2615 Enterprise Boulevard

Breast Cancer Support Group:

When: Third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM

Location: MOB II Conference Room

Cancer Support Group:

When: Second Wednesday of each month from 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM (*Lunch served)

Location: Radiation/Oncology Conference room

Sarcoidosis Support Group:

When: First Tuesday of each month from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Sherman Conference Room - LCMH

Stroke Support Group:

When: Fourth Tuesday of each month from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: 1701 Oak Park Boulevard

Call for updated details.

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital-Neurosurgery

1717 Oak Park Blvd, 3rd Floor
Lake Charles

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Neurosurgery services offers diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of various neurological disorders that affect the entire nervous system including the brain, spinal column, and spinal cord.

Dr. Gregory J. Rubino, Neurosurgeon

Call to schedule an appointment: (337) 494-4720

Calcasieu Parish Human Services Programs

2001 Moeling St.
Lake Charles

The mission of the Human Services Department is to offer an array of services through its various offices, initiatives, and collaborative networks in accordance with community needs.

Christus Ochsner Lake Area Hospital

4200 Nelson Rd.
Lake Charles

Acute care hospital with outpatient pediatric therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and pelvic rehab.

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Christus Ochsner St. Patrick Outpatient Rehabilitation TBI/SCI Support Group

4200 Nelson Road
Lake Charles

Traumatic Brain and Spinal Injury Support Group

Come share your experiences, ask questions, or hear from others. Learn what resources are available to you in your community.

Location: Lake Area Hospital in the Ben Mount Boardroom

Meets on the last Wednesday of the month from 12:00-1:30 beginning on November 29, 2023

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Call 337-430-3263 to register.

Southwest Louisiana Independence Center, Inc.

4320 Lake Street
Lake Charles
(337) 477-7194

Our mission is to assist individuals with disabilities and the elderly in living positive, productive lives within our community – functioning as independently as possible in their chosen environment.

Our goal at @SLIC is to – advocate, counsel, train and support our disabled residents to live the very best life possible.

2 locations: Lake Charles and Lafayette

Imperial Health

501 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive
Lake Charles
(337) 312-8730

Dr. Nirmala Tumarada diagnoses and manages all general neurologic conditions including migraine, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinsonism, tremor, spasticity, dystonia and multiple sclerosis, along with neuromuscular disorders.

A referral must be submitted by patient's primary doctor in order to see Dr Tumarada. The fax # to send referral is 337-312-8044.

Accepts Medicaid

Christus Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital

524 Dr. Michael DeBakey Dr.
Lake Charles

Acute care hospital with adult inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.

Adult Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy

Lymphedema Therapy

We provide all one-on-one care to focus on your recovery and therapy needs.

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Uperform-NeuroSolution Center of Lake Charles

780 Bayou Pines East Dr
Lake Charles
(337) 499-3162

NeuroSolution Center of Lake Charles uses the Developmental Functional NeuroScience Paradigm.

"We are passionate about helping those who are suffering where other healthcare options have failed."

They offer the most cutting edge technology to speed up healing and recovery.