Benefits of Rehabilitation

Early rehabilitation after a brain injury can improve your child's recovery and help prevent complications. It may reduce the need for surgery, emergency department visits, rehospitalizations, and long-term residential care. Pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation programs are designed specially for children and teenagers.

Rehabilitation can:

* Prevent complications

* Evaluate how a brain injury has affected your child's

  1. Behavior
  2. Thinking, concentration, and memory
  3. Speech and communication

* Rebuild your child's previous skills and develop new ones

* Teach your child

  1. What it means to have a brain injury
  2. How to take care of him/her self
  3. How to be as independent as possible

* Educate your family

  1. About brain injury
  2. How to help with your child's daily care
  3. How to speak up or advocate for your child

* Prepare for your child's return home

* Plan for your child's entry or return to school

* Coordinate follow-up and out-patient care

The major difference between types of rehabilitation is not just place, but intensity of care. "Level of care" is a term used to describe the intensity of services provided by rehabilitation programs. Not all types of rehabilitation programs are available in every part of the state. One is not necessarily better or worse than the other; many offer similar services. Costs of care differ as do payers on what they will pay for and for how long.

As you learn about your options, things to consider include:

There often is no perfect match or easy choice. Many families find that their choices are limited by their insurance company or medical program. The key is to best match the rehabilitation program with what your child and family need at this stage of recovery. Ask the hospital staff about your child's immediate rehabilitation needs. They will know what programs are available and what level of care these rehabilitation programs provide. They can help you make a decision about which program is right for your child and family.

I was given the choice of three in-patient rehabilitation programs that my insurance would cover. I knew this was an important decision, but I didn't know how to make it because I didn't know what to look for. After visiting them, I was even more confused. The thing that stuck in my mind was one program had a pool. I knew that wasn't a reason to pick it, but I didn't really know how to compare them. What made it even harder was pressure to make a decision quickly so the hospital could discharge him.