Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Comprehensive Rehabilitative Services: Interphase between Community and Specialized Rehabilitative Centers

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Comprehensive Rehabilitative Services: Interphase between Community and Specialized Rehabilitative Centers

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Current WHO standards state that the goal of rehabilitation is participation in normal daily activities. Medical innovations and technological advances result in an increase in technologically- dependent children who are capable of living in the community and attending the normal life-cycle of family life, school and extra-curricular activities. These children include those with congenital conditions, extreme prematurity, spinal cord injury, acquired neurologic disease and more. Technology- dependent children now survive into adulthood, thanks to prevention of secondary complications and require a changing array of interventions as they develop and are integrate into society. These changes place a previously little known burden on community services, with additional medical and rehabilitation services that must be provided at home rather than in tertiary specialized facilities. …

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