Surviving Injury

Following treatment in an acute-care setting, a victim and survivor will be transferred to one of four treatment programs based upon recommendations from the interdisciplinary team: inpatient rehabilitation, sub-acute rehabilitation (care that does not require a hospital setting but needs intensive skilled nursing care), outpatient rehabilitation, or home rehabilitation. When a victim and survivor begins sub-acute rehabilitation, a new team assumes responsibility for his or her treatment plan. Each victim and survivor has different

Individual needs should be reflected in the care or treatment plan.

needs, which are reflected in a plan of care or treatment plan. The success of rehabilitation is dependent upon many variables, including: the nature of the injury, the severity of any resulting impairments and disabilities, the overall health of the victim and survivor and his or her support system. It is essential for

family members and caregivers to be aware of treatment goals and objectives so that they can provide adequate support. Equally important is understanding how medical insurance plays a role in continued rehabilitation treatments. Although most insurance companies cover some rehabilitation costs, the coverage is limited in type of treatment

(approved therapies, such as physical, occupational, or speech therapy) and duration (which is often calculated in number of visits). Family members and caregivers can often advocate for injured victims and survivors to maintain continuity of care if they understand what insurance covers and what the treatment plan is.

Caregivers can often advocate for injured victims and survivors to maintain continuity of care.

There are many types of rehabilitative therapies, all of which employ a variety of methods to achieve specific goals. Traditional therapeutic approaches include physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapy. Less traditional therapies include music, art, massage therapy, and acupuncture, etc. If you are a victim and survivor of a substance impaired driving crash, you have the opportunity to take part in your rehabilitative plan of care. Work closely with your rehabilitative team to enhance your healing experience.


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