Special Considerations Questions
- What types and how many hours of psychosocial services are available? (These should include peer support, individual and group psychotherapy, couples, vocational and substance abuse counseling)
- Does the facility offer sexuality and fertility counseling?
- Do facility policies encourage family members, including siblings regardless of age, to participate in rehabilitation programs?
- Are there living arrangements for family members participating in training? What other services—parking, meals, etc.—are provided?
- Are counseling and other social services available to family members?
- Are SCI program participants given educational self-care manuals when discharged?
- Will staff members develop a formal discharge plan with program participants and their families?
- Does the facility and discharge planner work with local Independent Living Centers? Do they incorporate referrals to these centers into their discharge planning?
- Is there an independent living unit available for program participants and families to practice self-care skills? Can family members stay there also?
- If the facility does not have an independent living unit, do they encourage overnight therapeutic leave prior to discharge?
- Will someone be assigned as a liaison to provide follow-up services?
- Will a staff member visit or make arrangements for someone locally to evaluate the home for modifications?
- Will the follow-up plan include:
- Referral to an appropriate physician and other medical specialists in the community?
- Regular follow-up visits with this physician or a spinal cord injury unit physician?
- Regular urological evaluations?
- Scheduled equipment evaluations?
- If appropriate, a thorough vocational evaluation and referrals to a vocational rehabilitation program?
- Referrals to other services and resources in the community, e.g., elder services?