Factors that Affect a Patient’s Rehab Progress

Factors that Affect a Patient’s Rehab Progress

The rehab process can vary based on several factors. Memorial Care Center tailors plans for each individual person.

Motivation

People differ when it comes to motivation. It can depend on a person’s illness, type of rehab, and restorative potential. Personality is also a factor; some people like a challenge while others do better without pressure. Sometimes it is hard to know whether to respond with a gentle or a firm approach. Praise is always good, even if progress seems slow. Family caregivers can help by talking with the rehab team about how their family member has dealt with other life changes.

Relationships

You will likely work with many therapists and nursing staff. Of course, each has his or her own style. Let the staff know your preferences and what works best, and ask that this information be written in the plan of care.

Expectations

One of the hardest parts of rehab is being realistic about how much function a patient can get back. Some patients make a full recovery and get back to the same level as before. Other patients improve but not fully to their previous level. You and your family may need to adjust expectations and learn new ways of doing daily tasks.

Feelings

Patients can have a wide range of feelings during rehab. These feelings can be about the injury or illness itself, attitudes about rehab and restorative potential, or expectations for recovery. Feeling tired, angry, discouraged, or overwhelmed is normal and part of the rehab process. Talk to the staff and your family about your feelings. As a family caregiver who is watching or being part of the rehab process, you will also have many strong feelings. You may need someone to talk to as well. It may help to discuss these feelings with the social worker, or ask the staff who can help you.