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Real Life Rehab (RLR) is a unique therapy program, one of the first of its kind in the nation. It is an integral component of the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation continuum of care. A problem solving and skill building therapy team is made up of specially trained physical, occupational and speech therapists, with neuropsychological and rehab psychological consults available. The Real Life Rehab program goes under outpatient benefits for insurance, DARS, and other funding options associated with outpatient therapy. RLR can serve multiple purposes for our patients after they have left the rehabilitation hospital.
The Real Life Rehab therapists can work with the patient and family the day they leave the hospital to continue restorative skill building and adaption techniques in the patients home. During RLR, each discipline may see the patient two to three times a week depending on the actual skill/adaptation/training needs of the patient and family. If the patient is cognitively or very physically impaired, and will need frequent help and or constant supervision, there must be a caregiver identified, available on an ongoing basis, and capable when that patient goes home. We cannot take a patient who needs someone there but no one is available. These professionals work hand in hand with the patient and family for the next stage of their rehabilitation whether that is a day-long facility based treatment program or individual therapies in the outpatient clinic.
RLR can work with either the Day Neuro program or the traditional outpatient clinic programs while the patient is active within those other programs. When a certain level of skill development has been achieved in the primary treatment program, and the team and the patient/family want to make sure those skills are being demonstrated outside of the clinic where it really matters, the RLR team can intervene during those other interventions. The RLR team will work for a short period of time with the patient and family at home and in the community until the patient is competent in those critical prerequisite skills needed to continue in their primary therapy program. Using this unique intervention approach, the patient/family therapy team can be certain critical foundation skills required for further progress are truly evident, not just presumed.
When a patient has completed treatment in a specialty outpatient program and appears to have accomplished the designed outcome, a short transition intervention can be set up to make sure those skills really are translated into daily functional success. If further progress is noted during critical restorative skill building, the patient may then be referred to the outpatient clinic for additional clearly defined physical communicative or cognitive skill training.
Real Life Rehab has an established outcome measure created within the program and has been gathering pertinent data for over 11 years. This data has been presented in journal articles, and as poster presentations for national conferences for Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury as well as Spinal Cord Injury. For additional information, contact Kathryn Schopfer, Clinical Manager at 214.820.9539.
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