When looking for a rehabilitation facility, there are many questions you should ask yourself in order to find the facility most appropriate for your needs or for those of someone in your care. Use the worksheet accessible from this page to help you answer these questions.

Click here to view the worksheet. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here to download this free program.

You may print it from your browser, then fill in the information.

The following instructions may help you to fill out the worksheet:

  1. Use the first column in the right margin to indicate what aspect of rehabilitation is most important to you, using a 1-5 rating system, where 1 is the most important, and 5 is the least important. Use the remaining column to make notes on the programs you are interested in.
  2. When looking at a program always speak with families and individuals with brain injuries who have been through the program. However, keep an open mind as personal preferences and needs vary from family to family.
  3. Location should be just one of the many factors families consider in regard to a specialized head trauma program. If a nearby program is not familiar with brain injury, it may be well worth the effort to travel an extra 50 or 100 miles. Only the family can determine that after they have considered all options.
  4. Take time after visiting each program to look at how closely the existing program meets your priorities and criteria.
  5. It is crucial that every professional (doctors, nurses, and other staff members) working with the individual have expertise in head injury. They must understand the cognitive (thinking and reasoning) as well as physical needs of the individual and there should be a team approach to treatment and planning (establishing goals) for the person.
  6. Most of the questions on the worksheet will be answered during a pre-admission tour. Do not hesitate to ask any facility for a tour and private consultation to answer any questions you may have.
  7. Finally, and most important, these must be your own individual opinions. They will continue to be the most important criteria in the long-term care of your loved one.