There are a number of paths a person who's sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can follow when it comes to rehabilitation. There are actually many different forms of rehabilitation that all center on specific areas that may have been affected by the injury. Since the brain controls the functions of the rest of the body, a TBI will affect everyone differently and a specialized treatment plan is created to address those specific issues.
Some of the various types of rehabilitation programs available focus on:
- cognitive disabilities;
- language or speech issues;
- behavioral and emotional issues;
- motor skills; and
- executive functions.
Neuropsychologists should recommend a personalized rehabilitation program based on the patient's strengths and capacities with the ability to be modified over time to evolve with their ever-changing needs.
The rehabilitation program can consist of:
- physical therapy;
- occupational therapy;
- speech/language therapy;
- physical medicine;
- psychology/psychiatry; and
- social support.
Understanding the Rehabilitation Goals
While it may not be possible to restore a TBI victim to exactly the way they were prior to the injury, rehabilitation can make a huge difference in the recovery process, helping them to regain function in some areas and learning how to adapt to any new limitations or challenges.
Social support by the family is critical through being involved in the rehabilitation of a TBI patient. It is not uncommon for close family and friends to also speak to a counselor or psychologist to help them adapt to their loved one's new condition.
Finding the Right Rehabilitation Setting
Remember that those who have experienced these kinds of traumatic brain injuries and their families need to find the right setting for rehabilitation to take place.
There are many options to choose from such as:
- home-based rehabilitation;
- hospital outpatient rehabilitation;
- inpatient rehabilitation centers;
- comprehensive day programs at rehabilitation centers;
- supportive living programs;
- independent living centers;
- club-house programs;
- school based programs for children.
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