Planning your transition
TRP delivers rehabilitation programs to clients of the Spinal Injuries Unit either in their own homes or in a homelike setting outside of the hospital environment. It allows you to re-establish family relationships that have been disrupted by lengthy periods of hospitalisation. It enables you to begin to regain some control and direction in your life and to "polish off" the physical skills needed to live at home and in community. It provides you with a "real world" rehabilitation environment, and allows you to identify what is important in achieving your goals.
Your rehabilitation plan
The TRP team will work with you before you leave the Spinal Injuries Unit to identify rehabilitation goals and discuss how we can help you achieve these. The TRP team may work with other therapists and health professionals in your local area in working towards meeting your identified goals. Flexibility and individuality are seen as the key to the success of our programs.
A treatment program is negotiated with you, and will incorporates your identified goals and priorities and strategies to achieve these goals. During the course of TRP you and the TRP team will work together to achieve your rehabilitation goals and refine personal care and equipment needs.
Your rehabilitation goals
We encourage you to think about what is important to you in returning home, returning to family life, returning to work, and returning to the things you enjoy doing in your spare time. It's good to have both short and long term goals, as these will help to determine how we can best assist you.
In general, in developing goals, we encourage you to think about things like:
- Your personal care
- Looking after your health
- Your physical skills
- Getting out and about
- Getting back to work or study
- Getting involved in leisure and social activities
- Where you live
- Getting domestic (everyday tasks like cooking, shopping, laundry)
- The people in your life
- Dealing with your feelings
- Getting community supports
- Your equipment
What does a rehabilitation goal look like?
A rehabilitation goal is whatever you want it to be. They are as individual as you are. Some examples of goals we have assisted people to achieve during TRP are:
- I want to be able to manage transferring back into bed by myself at night time.
- I would like to know how I am going to get my medications when I go home.
- I want to know what to do if I get a bladder infection when I am at home.
- I would like to be able to get my own groceries, so I can prepare my own meals at home independently.
- I need to get back to driving my car as soon as possible.
- I want to be able to go out on a boat fishing with my mates.
- I want to be confident that I can get back into my wheelchair if I fall out.
- I need to be able to look after my dog, feed him, and take him for a walk.
- I want to be confident in working with my carers to improve my independence
- I need to get back to work within 3 months
- I want to stay fit, so I would like to find a local gym I can go to by myself
- I would like to be able to get back to church regularly.
When setting your goals, think about what is important to you, now and in the future. Set short term goals and long term goals for yourself. It is common for your goals and priorities to change when you are at home, so you may think of other things that are important to you once you have been home for a period of time. Your TRP goal plan can change along the way, to meet your needs.