Happy Rehabilitation Awareness Week!

Rehab- Where Miracles Begin!

The week of September 15-21, 2013 is a week to raise awareness of the benefits of rehabilitation services for individuals and the community. This is also a time to give thanks to all the rehab professionals out there.

The first National Rehabilitation Week was celebrated in 1976. In 1990, the third week in September was officially designated as National Rehabilitation Week. In 1997, the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation was started. Their mission is to “educate people about the benefits and impact of rehabilitation; develop programs which aim to increase opportunities for the nearly 50 million Americans with disabilities, and help those who are disabled live up to their fullest potential.”

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Rehabilitation is a medical specialty that usually consists of an interdisciplinary team, who help those with impairments due to an injury or disease process regain strength and function. The team works together to help restore individuals to the greatest level of function and independence.

The rehabilitation team can include: nurses; occupational, speech, and physical therapists; respiratory and recreational therapists; physiatrist/physician, psychologist, and vocational counselors.

Rehabilitation services are provided in a variety of settings from home care, hospitals, acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient facilities, schools, and on the job.

I just want to take the time to say THANK YOU to all the rehabilitation specialists out there that dedicate their lives and time to making a difference in the lives of others.

I offer a special THANKS to all of my co-workers here at Health Calls: the office staff and field clinicians. I appreciate working with such a kind and caring group of rehabilitation professionals.

Have a Happy Day!

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