National Rehabilitation Hospital

Education for Patients & Families

Education is a core part of the rehabilitation process. The Rehabilitation Team will work together with you and your family to help you learn about and adjust to your injury; and to re-learn or learn new everyday living skills so you can achieve the safest possible level of independence.

Each Programme includes a wide range of educational topics. Your team will discuss with you which of these topics should be included as part of your programme, according to your individual needs.

In addition to the education offered as part of your programme, information days designed for patients to attend with their family members or carers are arranged from time to time in conjunction with the External Support or Advocacy agencies based on-site.  Your team members will advise you of the details if any of these events are due to take place during your stay at NRH.

Information days designed specifically for family, friends and carers are held on numerous dates throughout the year.  These events are advertised in the hospital and the rehabilitation teams will advise patients also so they can let their families, friends and carers know about them.

Some of the general educational topics that may be included in your Programme are:

  • Introduction to rehabilitation
  • How to get the most out of rehabilitation
  • Medical factors and prevention of complications
  • Practical aspects of adjusting to your injury
  • Maintaining your general health
  • Managing your mood / managing stress
  • Peer support
  • Returning home
  • Transition back to the community

In addition to the above, the educational aspect of your programme will include issues that are relevant and specific to either Brain Injury; Spinal Cord Injury; Prosthetics and Limb Absence, or Paediatric issues.