Sunday, March 29, 2015

Choosing Your Team

Choosing Your Team

One of the hardest things to do in your life is making the decision to put your loved one in a nursing home or a rehabilitation program. Sometimes it’s for the best because a person’s safety is in question. Rehabilitation, often referred to as rehab, is an important part of stroke recovery. Through rehab, you:

  • Re-learn basic skills such as talking, eating, dressing and walking.
  • Increase your strength, flexibility and endurance.
  • Regain as much independence as possible.

You and your loved ones want the best rehab program that there is to offer. But, it is important to remember that all stroke survivors are not the same. Not only do they have different brain injuries and disabilities, but also different interests, lifestyles and priorities. What is best for you may not be the best for someone else.

          So, how do you choose the best rehab program for you? While you may have your options in front of you, it is important to always know the following things:

  • Tell the difference between one stroke rehab setting and another.
  • Identify who’s who on the stroke rehab team.
  • Understand "discharge planning" and what it can include.
  • Determine if a rehab program meets current rehabilitation industry standards.
  • Set apart an excellent program from a good to average program.
  • Figure out if a rehab program meets your personal needs.
        Never be afraid to ask questions to the staff of a facility. The process of finding the right rehab program for your loved one is important. The more questions you have, the better. Hopefully, in everyone’s case, this setting is a temporary situation, until your loved one recovers.

1 comment:

  1. To me the hardest thing when picking a rehab facility is having trust that your loved one is really actually in good hands. Some places will just tell you what you want to hear, and your loved one will not receive the attention or care that he or she needs. When choosing a rehab program the hardest part for me would be to fully trust the audience or group that is taking care of my loved one. There are a lot of good facilities out there, but there are a lot of others that don't fully give our loved ones the 100% care that they need.