Selecting the Right Rehabilitation Facility After Brain Injury

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.

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

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. 

Posted on BrainLine October 28, 2010

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough and Brian King, BrainLine.

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