Community Re-Entry

One of the main goals of rehabilitation is to prepare the patient for life after discharge. This includes the following:

  • adapting to living with a disability
  • promoting independence
  • planning for a safe and accessible environment

Community re-entry plans are individualized and are based on the patient's physical abilities and needs. Both the patient and family should be involved in planning re-entry into the community.

Many times, adjustments, a transitional period, and modifications need to be made to help a person with a disability function independently. This may involve, but is not limited to, the following:

  • home - installing wheelchair ramps, raised toilet seats, or handrails on stairways
  • school - special computers or adaptive equipment to allow for alternative means of communication, examinations, and training materials
  • work - new job skills, transitional work, job placement, and vocational counseling
  • recreational, social, or sports activities - mobility in public places such as restaurants, churches, or stadiums
  • transportation - getting in and out of a car or bus, or installing special hand controls or lifts
  • communications - providing qualified readers and interpreters

Rehabilitation team members and community agencies often work together to help people with disabilities succeed.

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