Community Rehabilitation : How Structure and Environment Yield Positive Psychosocial and Behavioral Gains in a Traumatic Brain Injured Population
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Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can impair individuals' abilities to function effectively in society. When one acquires a TBI, it is likely he or she will.endure injuries that affect thinking, communication, and connecting with others as a result of physical brain damage and emotional trauma. Many enter rehabilitation centers that offer short-term or life-long treatment in the areas of "physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, physiatry (physical medicine), psychology/psychiatry, and social support" (NINDS, 2011). Recovery Quest, a post~acute treatment center for brain injured patients that strongly emphasizes individualized treatment, offers an interesting component to this process. The center's mission is to bring all of these treatment services to patients while working within the community, as to bring realistic and translatable results to the independence-seeking patient. This technique bridges the gap between supportive and independent living, as the patient is prepared to reenter society with minimal transition following completion of treatment. The following case study analyzes how Recovery Quest utilizes communal resources and settings to effectively rehabilitate one's emotional and behavioral impairments.