It’s National Rehabilitation Awareness on the 16th to the 22nd of September. This is spearheaded by the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation whose mission is ‘to educate people about the benefits and impact of rehabilitation; develop programs which aim to increase opportunities for the nearly 50 million Americans with disabilities, and help those who are disabled live up to their fullest potential.’
Sadly, when we mention the term rehabilitation, some people still perceive it as something that it is wholly related to drug addicts recovering from their vice. Let’s try to correct that misconception, shall we? Here are some rehab facts and information that you may not be well aware of:
- Rehabilitation is a medical specialty which helps restore people affected by potentially disabling disease or traumatic injury to good health and functional, productive lives and also helps minimize physical or cognitive disabilities.
- Rehabilitation often centers on a interdisciplinary team approach to care by physiatrists (physicians specializing in rehabilitation); physical, occupational, respiratory and recreational therapists; speech and language pathologists; rehabilitation nurses, psychologists, vocational counselors and other professionals who work with patients to restore the greatest level of function or independence. The rehab team helps individuals overcome obstacles and accomplish normal tasks of daily living.
- Nearly 50 million Americans are disabled. Disability does not discriminate – every person is at risk of disability. Therefore, everyone is a potential candidate for rehabilitation.
- Most Americans will require at least one rehabilitation service at some point in their lives.
- Rehabilitation is an integral part of healthcare and a tremendous component in providing patients with positive outcomes.
- Rehabilitation is individualized so every patient can progress at his or her own ability level.
- Rehabilitation can lengthen life, improve the quality of life and reduce subsequent illness.
- Statistics show that medical rehabilitation improves lives and saves money. For every $1 spent on rehab care, it is estimated that $11 are saved on long-term disability costs. People participating in rehabilitation programs of care are able to regain productivity and return to work, school and independent living.
- Independence gained or retained through rehabilitation is priceless.
See related literature:
Rehabilitation in the Philippines by Tyrone Reyes, MD