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Selecting the Right Rehabilitation Facility After Brain Injury Selecting the Right Rehabilitation Facility After Brain Injury

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To find the right rehab, you have to ask a lot of questions and you have to also kind of get an understanding of the fact that there are a large number of brain injury rehabs, and all of them have their own specialties. So, if your loved one has more physical problems--you know--maybe their balance is off or their motor control is a little off, then they are going to need a place that really works on physical therapy. But on the other hand, if, say, there are a lot of challenging behaviors that come up after the injury but the person seems physically fine, then you might be looking for more of a neuro-behavioral program where they concentrate more on environmental changes and positive coping strategies for dealing with these behavioral episodes. This kind of therapy kind of runs the gamut. Unfortunately, very many states have very few comprehensive rehab facilities, and so many people are forced to find services hundreds of miles away from home.

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Most rehab facilities specialize. Make sure to ask lots of questions to find the right one for you or your loved one.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough and Brian King, BrainLine.

Michael Paul Mason Michael Paul Mason is the founding editor of This Land, a monthly magazine based in Tulsa. Mason's first book, Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath, is an exploration into the harsh realities endured by people with brain injury. 

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Why do we continue to advocate that people "go away" to a facility? The more we send people away the harder it is for people to get home with the right supports. This is an early 80s model that persists today. Advocates need to promote and improve home and community based services and settle for nothing less. Janet Williams

Nov 1st, 2010 10:55pm

During the early stages of my injury, I was part of a rehab that did not work towards my individual goals. In my opinion a rehabilitation program should have the following: 1. the patient is the priority, the program should be tailored towards the client's goals or potential. 2. Compassionate medical providers (compassion goes beyond any technical expertise or college degree, many times the client might want just to talk, having somebody to listen when the client needs is extremely healing) 3. Promotes independence. 4. Triggers motivation in the patient (I fully understand that motivation goes both ways). 5. Expands the knowledge and understanding about the condition (this will prepare the client in terms of many of the things that come with the injury will be expected, the lack of knowledge brings the element of surprise every time something new happens) 6. Promotes a healthy and stable support network (this by including the families and understanding that the providers themselves become part of the client's support network). All I wrote here is based on my perspective and experience. I am not a medical professional and I am not pretending to be one. For more information on my point of view visit my pages at www.tbiwarrior.com or www.tbiwarriors.blogspot.com. Thanks.

Nov 1st, 2010 12:06am


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