The Rehabilitation Area of the Don Calabria Multifunctional Centre (via San Marco, 121 – Verona) is made up of an Extra-hospital Rehabilitation Service, the “Claudio Santi Social Medical Centre” and two Day Centres for people suffering from acquired brain damage.

The Rehabilitation Service is divided into established organisational units (Sectors/Services and Operative Units) and also into project groups.

One unit in particular is aimed at adult users (>20 years old) and also boasts a Service dedicated to serious acquired brain damage.

We provide intensive and extensive rehabilitation services, which can be residential, semi-residential, outpatient, home-based and extra-mural through an overall admission of the patients.


The Adult Sector carries out outpatient or day hospital rehabilitation services, through the admission of patients with serious disabilities, often multiple, with the possibility of permanent damage, and by trying to contain the disability.

It is an integral part of the Opera Don Calabria Rehabilitation Department which links in a functional way the Sacro Cuore – Don Calabria Hospital with the “Claudio Santi Social Medical Centre” Extra-Hospital Rehabilitation Service.

The Disabled Adult Rehabilitation Service is aimed at invalid adults afflicted by:

– complex disabilities of recent occurrence, following the clinical stabilisation and return home: stroke, medulla damage, mastectomy

– degenerative disability (Parkinson’s, osteoporosis, rheumatic illnesses, etc.)

– involutional pathologies (Multiple Sclerosis, motor neuron disease, rare diseases)

– patients with complex stabilised disabilities (following stroke, medulla damage, TCE, polio)

– patients with mental delay, PCI

The following is a list of the rehabilitation activities we offer:

• Neuro-motor rehabilitation: kinesitherapy and hydrokinestherapy, both individually and in small groups, cognitive and linguistic rehabilitation, rehabilitation of the pneumo-phonic coordination and swallowing mechanism

• Occupational activities: training for independent care of oneself in everyday life, expressive practical laboratory either individually or in small groups, plus computer laboratory

• Support activities: individual or group psychological support, psychological support for family members in small groups, evaluation of residual working abilities

• The Disabled Adult Rehabilitation Project aims towards: the recuperation of functional skills in the post-acute phase through a complex rehabilitation programme, to reduce the risk factors of chronic- degenerative diseases and control the progression of them, to find facilitating and/or integrating forms, work on independence, and social and relationship skills.

• For the evaluation of movement disorders, we also have a movement analysis laboratory equipped with:

– opto-electric apparatus for cinematic analysis;

– strength platform for kinetic analysis;

– baropodometric running board to analyse the temporal space of the step.

The Adult Sector offers a Rehabilitation Service for persons affected by Serious Acquired Brain Damage.

Serious Acquired Brain Damage Rehabilitation Service

The Serious Acquired Brain Damage Rehabilitation Service (GCA) of the Adult Sector deals with patients afflicted by serious cranioencephalic trauma and other serious brain damage (post-anoxic coma, serious brain haemorrhage) characterised by coma and the coexistence of serious physical, cognitive and behavioural impairment which cause complex, multiple disabilities.

The service was founded in 1994, in close collaboration with the Rehabilitation Service and Unit for Serious Brain Damage of the Negrar Hospital, with the aim of offering the possibility of complete rehabilitation in the post-acute phase in an extra-hospital context, while at the same time starting the journey of re-training or professional education. It offers in-patient, day hospital, outpatients and home-based rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation for serious acquired brain damage is, in fact, a long journey of rehabilitation which requires different interventions over a period of time, and which must be continued, with a different intensity, even after the patient is discharged from hospital. In fact, the activities are designed to help the patient to:

recuperate as many as possible of his functional skills and keep to a minimum the disability that almost always is caused by these events

recuperate as much independence as possible (intended both physically and mentally, and regarding relationships and awareness of self and the environment)

develop cognitive and social skills that are necessary for social reintegration

acquire basic employment and work abilities

The following is a list of the rehabilitation activities on offer:

Motor rehabilitation activities: physio-kinesitherapy, water therapy, appropriate sports in the gym and swimming pool

Occupational activities: practical-expressive laboratory, pre-working activities laboratory, computer laboratory, development of independence (personal, at home, outside)

Cognitive rehabilitation activities: individual and group neuropsychological rehabilitation, speech therapy, personalised cognitive training on the computer, psycho-pedagogical activities to aid scholastic reintegration

Support activities: psychotherapy, family counselling, evaluation of the residual working skills and employment guidance, support in finding employment

Currently, the Service is part of the Rehabilitation Area and works in close and continual collaboration with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service of the Negrar Hospital.

Adult Sector

Head of Department: Dr Barbara Montagnana

• Tel.: +39 (via reception)

• Where: Ground floor of building A

For the Serious Acquired Bran Damage service

• Tel.: +39 (via reception)

• Where: 2nd floor of building A


The Medical Centre is located in Building A in the Multifunctional Centre.

Responsibility for and coordination of the Rehabilitation Area has been commissioned to an Area Manager, the Health Director and an Administration Manager.

Rehabilitation Area Manager Tiziana Bonaconsa

Tel.: +39 (via reception)

Where: Ground floor of building A

Access is through the main entrance

Health Management Dr Fabrizio Nicolis

Dr Davide Brunelli

Tel.: +39 (via reception)

Where: Ground floor of building A

Access is through the main entrance

Administration reference Luca Battisti

Tel.: +39 (via reception)

Where: Ground floor of building A

Access is through the main entrance

In the Medical Centre there is a reception area, plus offices supporting the various activities, including a secretary’s office.

Users of the Rehabilitation Area may reach it (building A) by car, on their first visit by showing the doctor’s prescription at the entrance of the Multifunctional Centre, and subsequently by showing a pass that is available from Reception.

The Reception and Secretary’s Office staff are happy to give directions to the clinics and the therapy rooms.