The philosophy of Functional
Rehabilitation is to provide therapies
where a person lives … in their home,
community, workplace, and school.
This philosophy is supported by research. New learning is challenging for someone who has a traumatic brain injury. Teaching a skill or relearning a forgotten one in one environment does not mean it will transfer easily or well to another environment. Our clients have taught us that they want the privacy of service delivery and appreciate that they can receive help in this way.
Therefore, we enter the lives and locations of our clients and learn what matters to them. Then we can, with the help of our clients, develop treatment plans that mean the most to each individual we treat. We remain objective while caring deeply about each person for whom we provide therapy. In their own environments, families can become an integral part of therapy as well. Clients remember what they might otherwise forget if they left home and didn’t, for example, see the note on their refrigerator that they have a parent/teacher conference and need help getting ready for it. Preparing for that upcoming event becomes the focus of therapy that day.
Flexibility in service delivery is key to being able to facilitate success for someone who lives in the community and whose everyday living experience is often spontaneous and unexpected.
The world is diversified. We work well with so many cultures. We bring the character of who we are into our work while leaving our own values on the doorsteps, keeping our minds open to others and not imposing our own views onto them. We listen to the needs of our clients. Through our therapeutic skills and techniques we guide them to reach their own goals, realize the possibilities of reaching them, or modify them as necessary.
And while we know how serious rehabilitation is, we can usually find things to laugh about with our clients. Many of our clients have told us they don’t feel like they’re in therapy when they work with us. That, to us, is the highest compliment we could be paid. We share who we are with them … it’s a two-way street … and the result is that a great rapport is developed. Without that foundation, we believe, the outcome of therapy won’t be as good as it could.