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Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation can help a person to overcome difficulties in every day living as a result of an impairment or injury. This may include finding new ways of doing tasks, learning new skills or maintaining the skills a person already has. Rehabilitation is aimed at restoring or maximising function, communication and social skills. The type and amount of rehabilitation depends on the needs of the person.

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What is Rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation means different things to different people. For a person with an injury rehabilitation could be help from a health professional, such as a physiotherapist, to get back lost function and lessen permanent impairment. For a person wanting to continue to be as independent as possible, or return to employment, the focus may be on social or vocational rehabilitation. Rehabilitation focuses on helping a person to minimise the disability that results from impairment.

People live in a range of environments. The rehabilitation process will also consider what support and resources are needed within a person's environment to be successful. These could include housing and vehicle modifications, personal support, educational support and workplace modifications.

What does Rehabilitation Involve?

Rehabilitation services generally focus on restoring function and achieving agreed goals. A number of sessions are planned and may include activities, exercises and other interventions to help a person reach their goals and be as independent as possible. The number of sessions and desired outcome will be agreed at the start, but may change over time. Rehabilitation is often undertaken by health professionals but there are a number of people and resources that may also be involved.

Where does Rehabilitation take place?

Rehabilitation can occur in a variety of places. Inpatient rehabilitation is usually provided in a health setting by a District Health Board (DHB). The DHB has a contract with the Ministry of Health to provide rehabilitation services to people who are eligible for funding. ACC also contracts services in this way. Residential rehabilitation is where a person receives rehabilitation in a funded community residential setting. Community rehabilitation is where a person is neither an inpatient or in a residential setting, and gets rehabilitation from a community organisation.

How does a person get rehabilitation?

For residential and community-based rehabilitation a person is assessed by a Needs Assessment and Service Co ordination (NASC) agency. Inpatient rehabilitation services funded by the Ministry of Health may also require the involvement of a NASC agency. When it is first identified that a person needs rehabilitation NASC determines who will fund it. The NASC will also find out from the rehabilitation provider when rehabilitation is likely to be completed, what the goals of rehabilitation are, and how the person is progressing towards the goals.

Who provides rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation services are mainly funded by ACC and the Ministry of Health. ACC funds rehabilitation for people who have had an injury or impairment as a result of an accident. The contact details of Ministry of Health funded rehabilitation providers, and some ACC contracted rehabilitation providers, in Auckland and Northland have been included on this site.

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