Location, Physical Conditions, and Social Environment

Distance from home affects how often family, relatives, and friends can visit. If the program is nearby, you can see your child more easily, give encouragement and reassurance, speak with staff, and see firsthand what is going on. However, the benefit of being nearby is only one element to consider when evaluating what a program has to offer. Whether a program is in an urban, rural, or suburban area is a consideration for traveling time and expense. The physical setting affects the people living and working there.

Things to consider...

You can "get the feel of a place" by meeting with the team and medical director or doctor in addition to your formal meeting with the admissions office. Notice how staff interact with patients and notice how staff interact with each other.

Suggested questions to ask...

Involvement of Parents

Talking with staff and becoming involved in your child's rehabilitation can help prepare you for the future. Look for ways to communicate with staff and become involved in your child's rehabilitation.

Suggested questions to ask and things to look for...

TIP: Ask to sit in on therapy sessions once in a while to become more familiar with your child's treatment.