Rehabilitation: What You Should Know

My memory began to return when I was moved to Rehab…..I soon learned Rehab specialists are like drill sergeants and chief petty officers. Their job is to be sure I was “up and at ‘em.” They trained, trained, and re-trained so even the smallest task was embedded into my brain. They were to assure I would win on the battlefield of my recovery. Or at least have a fighting chance of surviving with my new normal….

There is a concept called “neuroplasticity” of the brain. The brain has the capability of healing depending on the injury. If a harmed patient is not challenged mentally or physically, however, the brain will not build new neural pathways to replace those lost or connect those torn apart….

Does everyone get…rehab care? And who pays for it? Turns out the answer is: It Depends…..

I was still in a life boat on strange seas, but by this time I had at least learned how to row even if I had no idea how I was going to get back to known shores…

What You Should Know: Rehabilitation care is not always covered. It is dictated by your insurance.  Check your coverage with an insurance broker or office of the insurance commissioner.  A certified therapist suggested these questions for those who have insurance: 1. What type of services does the patient qualify for? 2. What areas does the patient have as deficits and strengths? How can they be assessed and improved? 3. How can families transfer what has been learned from in-patient rehab to outpatient rehab and home? 4. Is there someone to help with that transition, not just with rehab, but other needs? 5. Are there patient advocates to help with the decision making process? 6. How can loved ones help with practice skills when the patient is not in therapy?

  • can the patient physically do a task?
  • is the patient oriented to time and place?
  • is the patient self-motivated or need reminders and oversight?
  • can the patient transfer their skills to other aspects of their rehab?

7. Is caregiver support available? (social workers can connect to caregiver support groups) 8. Is mental health support available? Physical, occupational and speech therapies are often covered, but is mental health?

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