It’s your right to choose where you receive rehabilitation services. The Mary Free Bed Home and Community Services Program gives you the flexibility of receiving therapy at home following a brain injury or spinal cord injury.
Through this unique, in home rehabilitation program, you’ll work with our clinical experts in the comfort of your own home or in another homelike setting. You’ll receive the same outstanding level of care as you would in any of our medical facilities.
Our Home and Community Services Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International. The voluntary but rigorous process is based on a comprehensive set of standards for quality care and patient satisfaction.
During your rehabilitation, you’ll work with a team that understands the physical and emotional challenges you and your family face after a life-changing injury. Your team takes the time to understand your individual needs and will develop a therapy plan specific to your functionality and goals.
Our Home and Community Services are offered in the Greater Grand Rapids area: north to Grant, south to Kalamazoo, east to Ionia and west to Grand Haven.
You can use our Home and Community Services whether your inpatient rehabilitation took place at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital or at another facility.
Home and Community Services offer in-depth therapy to enrich your life. Specialists on your team will determine which services will round out a successful at-home rehabilitation program.
Rehabilitation isn’t just about physical recovery. You’ll work with care managers who have specialty training in counseling patients with brain injury or spinal cord injury. Our care managers are focused on helping you and your family adjust to your injury. This includes:
• Educating your family about your needs. This includes age-appropriate discussions and materials for your children or grandchildren.
• Acting as a liaison between your family and your treatment team as well as insurance company representatives.
• Connecting you with community services that can enrich your life.
This therapy focuses on your fine motor skills and your ability to perform daily activities. One of the overall goals is to help you manage life at home independently. Your occupational therapists assess and reassess your strength and coordination. They’ll engage you in activities and exercises to improve muscle tone and control.
Your occupational therapist may help you:
• Learn new ways to accomplish daily activities, like getting dressed or cooking dinner from a wheelchair
• Create a daily plan that helps you play to your strengths and overcome challenges, such as problems with memory or multi-tasking
• Identify any modifications or equipment that might help to make you more comfortable and safe at home
During physical therapy, you’ll focus on activities to improve and increase your mobility and level of independence. Your physical therapist provides rehabilitation to:
• Build endurance
• Improve balance
• Strengthen muscles
Depending on your injury, you may also learn how to safely use a wheelchair and transfer in and out of a car, shower chair or couch.
Your recreational therapists learn about your favorite leisure activities and interests. They use this information to develop a therapy plan to support your independence. Recreational therapy may help you to:
• Find new ways to enjoy your favorite activities (including with modified equipment or new, adaptive equipment)
• Strengthen weak muscles
• Gain confidence as you reintegrate into your community
The goal of speech-language pathology is to improve communication skills and thought processes affected by your injury. Your speech-language pathologists help with:
• Thinking, learning and memory
• Problem solving
• Language and the ability to speak
• Voice and fluency
In addition to therapy, your speech-language pathologists teach you coping mechanisms to help overcome deficits from your injury. They can also help your loved ones learn the best ways to communicate with you.