Overview of Rehabilitation
In the context of an individual’s interaction with their environment, rehabilitation is classified as “a series of actions meant to maximize performance and prevent complications in people with health issues.”
Rehabilitation permits participation in education, recreation, job, and important life tasks such as taking care of family and helps an adult, or older person and child to be as self-sufficient as possible in daily activities.
- training in physical activity to enhance muscle strength, voluntary motions, and balance in stroke or Parkinson’s disease patients;
- after a brain damage, speech and language therapy can help a person communicate better;
- improving the breathing of a patient in intensive care, avoiding complications, and hastening their recovery from a serious illness
- after burn surgery, positioning and splinting procedures to help with skin healing, minimize swelling, and to recover movement; and many more
How Rehabilitation is Done
This is achieved by collaborating with the individual’s loved ones to address underlying health issues and their symptoms, by adapting their surroundings to better suit their needs, by using assistive products, by educating them to intensify self-management, and by modifying tasks so that they can be carried out more easily and securely. These techniques taken together can aid someone in overcoming challenges with thinking, seeing, moving around, hearing, eating, or speaking.