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Examples in relation to principles

  • While person centred care is a principle in all good practice healthcare and community services, in specialist brain injury rehabilitation it is especially important as it is carrying the added significance that the injury, impairments and impacts are unique to the person, therefore their rehabilitation pathway will also be unique.
  • Due to the nature of the injury, impairments and impacts, families are recognised as important members of the rehabilitation team and can influence rehabilitation and community outcomes when providing emotional, practical and social support. So the principles for brain injury specialist rehabilitation include engaging families and carers.

Example in relation to core activities

  • Case management is a core activity for many clients because of the individual nature of each person’s rehabilitation process and the complexity of weaving this together with services and funding while engaging with the family and carers and dealing with all of the unique individual, family and social impacts.

Example in relation to settings

  • Settings not only include hospitals and other health services but also include transitional living accommodation and community settings, not just living at home but also when the person is out and about in the community.

Examples in relation to pathways

  • People with brain injury may require additional specialist rehabilitation as their circumstances change, as they make life transitions and so on. So pathways must include not only points of entry to specialist rehabilitation, but also points of return to specialist rehabilitation, without having to start at the beginning of the rehabilitation pathway process.
  • Due to the nature of the injury, impairments and impacts, people with brain injury will need services and supports provided concurrently at key points in the continuum of recovery, rehabilitation, adjustment and living with newly acquired disabilities.
  
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