Community Rehabilitation

Written by Kimberly Clark
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The term rehabilitation, or rehab, encompasses many services and is usually used to describe activities like physical, occupational, and speech therapies or recovery programs. Persons in need of rehabilitative services may be physically disabled, mentally challenged or chronically ill. They might also be recovering from drug or alcohol addictions or may be in need of functional life skill coaching.

Services associated with rehab can either be provided in a professional setting such as at a hospital, office building or a community center. The services might even be administered in the client's home. However, the term "community rehabilitation" is generally used to describe the process of combining common rehab therapies with real life experiences.

Community rehabilitation service providers typically include counselors, nurses, teachers, and other rehabilitation specialists. The primary focus of most community rehabilitation programs is to develop skills that will allow the disabled or disadvantaged person to productively function in his or her community. As a result, they focus on developing essential life skills like accessing transportation, vocational and educational training, as well as finding suitable housing.

Job Training

Another type of community rehabilitation program focuses solely on providing job training and placement. Unlike sheltered workshops, which segregate disabled or disadvantaged people from other workers, these programs seek to incorporate impaired individuals into the competitive workplace. Thus, they work with businesses and organizations in the surrounding area to provide on-site job training to their clients.


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