Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Recreational Therapy Operating within a Transdiciplinary Team

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Recreational Therapy Operating within a Transdiciplinary Team

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National Therapeutic Recreation Society

The Maine Center for Integrated Rehabilitation (MCIR) is Maine's leading day treatment rehabilitation program for individuals with acquired brain injury. Its name exemplifies its integrated approach to rehabilitation of individuals with acquired brain injury. Acquired brain injuries can include traumatic brain injuries from motor vehicle accidents or assaults, strokes, aneurysms, brain infections, brain tumors, toxic exposure from substance abuse, and anoxia/hypoxia from respiratory or cardiac arrest, near drownings or aspiration. MCIR recently expanded its operation to Rockport, joining its facilities in Bangor, Winslow and South Portland.

The Maine Center for Integrated Rehabilitation provides clients with the highest quality of cost-effective care while continually recognizing the human dignity and rehabilitation needs of individuals with acquired brain injuries in our community, and the per- sonal investment of our staff. The program at MCIR provides outpatient day rehabilitation services focused on achieving the highest possible level of independence through functionally-- based treatment in a variety of settings including the center, the community and whenever possible, the individual's home.

MCIR offers therapeutic groups to complement and enhance the individualized treatment delivered by speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, recreation therapists, social workers, neuropsychologists, physiatrists, case managers, rehabilitation nurses as well as rehabilitation technicians. The transdisciplinary model is now the industry standard for brain injury rehabilitation, as it has proven to be highly effective and efficient. The team approach addresses the varied and complex issues that can result from an acquired brain injury. Goals are established by the individual and the treatment team, based on the client's physical health, self-care, environment, and leisure and emotional needs that holistically encompass an individual's life. This transdisciplinary model represents a paradigm shift from services based healthcare delivery to outcome-oriented health care.

Recreation therapists at the Maine Center for Integrated Rehabilitation play an integral part in each individual's rehabilitation. As equal members of the transdisciplinary team, recreation therapists work collaboratively with other disciplines to help their clients meet both short-term and long-- term goals involving all facets of the rehabilitation process. …

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