Module 3 – Lesson 4: Overview


This lesson will explore the following topics:

The purpose of this lesson is to acquaint the student with the discharge planning process. Transitional living options are described and community reintegration is discussed. It is important for the life care planner to understand discharge options of an individual with a traumatic brain injury.

  • Explain the importance of discharge planning and the options for individuals upon discharge from a post-acute rehabilitation facility. This includes understanding how to structure the home environment including the development of a behavioral program with built in prompts, cues, and reinforcement schedules
  • Describe the specific goals of a discharge plan
  • Cite the variables that affect the decision-making process when placement and treatment issues are being considered for an individual patient
  • Describe the purpose of transitional living programs
  • Describe the purpose of transitional work programs

Learning Activities

1. Listen to the audio lecture “Discharge Planning, Transitional Living, and Community Reintegration. Click here for PDF notes of the lecture. This audio lecture, presented by Dr. Carol Walker, focuses on discharge planning, transitional living, and community reintegration for individuals with traumatic brain injury. In the lecture, Dr. Walker discusses family adjustment to brain injury, home care, and behavior management in the home. Facility care is also addressed.

2. Read: (Click text link) Rehabilitation Decisions

3. Read p 365 the section “Community Reintegration” Chapter 13: “Life Care Planning for Acquired Brain Injury” in Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (3rd edition)

This section of Chapter 13, briefly describes the issues that individuals with traumatic brain injury face when attempting to reintegrate into the community.

4. Read (Click text link) Habilitation

5. Read (Click text link) Education and Life Skills

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