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The patient and family are the most important members of the rehabilitation team. It is vitally important that open and honest communication takes place between the patient, family, and team members to assure the success of the rehabilitation program.
The patient and family are entitled to certain rights during the rehabilitation process, that may include the following:
Knowledge of the disability and rehabilitation plan
An equal voice in care decisions
Equal status as team members
Opportunities to increase self-care activities and independence
Opportunities to resume social and community roles
Information about the family's role in the rehabilitation process
Knowledge about community resources, support groups, and continuation of care after discharge
Hope and assurance for the patient's future potential
The patient and family also have certain responsibilities during the rehabilitation process, that may include the following:
Providing accurate medical information
Providing support and encouragement for the patient
Following mutually agreed upon treatment plans
Meeting financial obligations
Participating in patient and family conferences, education sessions, and discharge planning
By working together, the patient, family, and team can best set and attain realistic goals for optimal health and function, adequate discharge planning, and, eventually, community re-entry.
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