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The patient and family are the most important members of the rehab (rehabilitation) team. It's vital for the patient, family, and other team members to be open and honest with each other. This is key for the rehab program's success.
The patient and, if they permit, their family, have certain rights during rehab. These include:
Knowing what the disability and rehab plan is
Having an equal voice in care decisions
Being treated as equal team members
Having the chance to increase self-care activities and independence
Having ways to resume social and community roles
Knowing about the family's role in the rehab process
Being told about community resources, support groups, and continuation of care after discharge
Having hope and assurance for the patient's future potential
The patient and family also have certain responsibilities during rehab, such as:
Giving the team accurate medical information
Supporting and encouraging the patient
Following agreed-on treatment plans
Meeting financial obligations
Taking part in patient and family conferences, education sessions, and discharge planning
It's important for the patient, family, and other team members to all work together. This is the best way to set and reach realistic goals. These include goals for optimal health and function, adequate discharge planning, and over time, community re-entry.
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