You will find the rehabilitation program challenging. It will
require your strongest efforts. Your family is a very important part of the
overall program. Family members can provide emotional support while you are
reaching your rehabilitation goals and learn how to assist you when you return
home. To help you reach goals, a family conference, family training and education
are planned for everyone involved with your care.
A family conference is the opportunity for your family to meet
with you and your rehabilitation team. The conference provides a time to discuss
in detail your functional limitations, goals, plan of care, family training
program and discharge plans.
Family training time enables your family or caregiver to become
comfortable with the skills learned during your rehabilitation program. The
social worker will schedule a time for your family to participate with you during
therapy and nursing education.
Leave of Absence (TLOA)
Your rehabilitation team may recommend that you have a therapeutic
leave of absence (TLOA) day pass on a weekend prior to discharge. A TLOA enables
you and your family to test your skills and identify potential problems at home
before discharge. This is contingent on some insurance companies and the TLOA
may require pre-authorization from your insurance company.
Prior to discharge, your therapists may accompany you and your
family to your home. A home visit can aid in evaluating accessibility and planning
for your successful return to home. Your family/friends are responsible for
The case manager can suggest nearby affordable accommodations
for out of town family members who may want to stay overnight.