Choosing a brain injury rehabilitation program that is best able to meet your needs or those of your loved one can be daunting. Because each individual and family is different, it is important to look beyond the walls to ensure the program you choose is the right match. To help make this process a little easier, below are some questions to ask and things to consider when making this decision.
1. What is the program’s philosophy and approach
The ideal program should include a strategy tailored to the individual’s goals and needs, treatment by licensed clinicians, and education, such as coping strategies, for both participant and family.
2. Is the program accredited by the Commission on
Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)?
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Facilities that are accredited by CARF are held to a high quality set of standards so you can rest assured that program participants are receiving the highest quality of support.
3. What type of therapy and recreational
activities are offered? How often? For how long?
It is important that program participants receive the services and supports needed to address the challenges that come with having a brain injury. The ideal program will blend traditional therapeutic interventions such as physical, cognitive and occupational therapy, within a goal-oriented model to produce identifiable and sustainable outcomes. Ask to see a weekly schedule and be sure it shows a variety of activities both therapeutic and community-based.
4. What type of access to the community is
Programs should offer opportunities for integration into the community, where participants can apply the strategies they are learning in rehabilitation in real world settings such as grocery shopping, trips to local museums or restaurants, and volunteer and/or vocational activities.
5. What type of education is available for
Rehabilitation is a learning process for both participants and families. Programs should offer counseling and educational sessions for families to help them develop strategies to cope with their loved one’s brain injury and how they can help in the recovery process.
6. What type of discharge planning or assistance
When a program participant is ready to transition home, training should be provided for the participant and family both at the facility and in their home to make the transition as smooth and successful as possible, and to ensure that the gains made in rehabilitation are maintained following discharge.
Be sure to check back regularly for more information and resources to help guide you through the process of brain injury rehabilitation.
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