September 24, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)
“The focus [rehabilitation] is not on one part of the body, but instead on the development of a comprehensive program for putting the pieces of a person’s life back together – medically, socially, emotionally, and vocationally – after injury or disease.”
National Rehabilitation Awareness Week is September 21-27 this year. Created in 1996, the mission of the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation is “to educate people about the benefits and impact of rehabilitation; develop programs which aim to increase opportunities for the nearly 50 million Americans with disabilities, and help those who are disabled live up to their fullest potential”. Angel MedFlight transports many patients in need of rehabilitation due to disease, injury, and other ailments. Many patients are being transported to a facility where they can receive the specialized care they need to live their life to the fullest. Rehabilitation is not just about helping someone be the best that they can be physically, but about the life as a whole.
Rehabilitation patients go through much more than just physical therapy. For many, they go to a counselor or a nutritionist as part of their program. Getting better physically is just one part of rehabilitation. Whether a person is suffering from a crippling disease, a horrific accident, or any sort of organ problems, the rehabilitation process cannot be completed to its fullest if the person is not mentally prepared to live with the obstacles that lie ahead of them. Visiting a counselor gives the patient an opportunity to express any feelings they have about what they are going through, and receive any guidance they may need on how to see all the good that is present in life. Going through physical rehabilitation can be frustrating or depressing; a counselor allows for patients to receive help when experiencing those feelings, and to not give up. Seeing a nutritionist helps to ensure that the body is ready to take on the physical challenges that lie ahead during rehabilitation.
Angel MedFlight’s own graphic designer, Cooper Bolton, is currently going through a rehabilitation program for his heart. Bolton has to go to physical therapy classes almost every day. The goal of these physical exercises is to strengthen the heart over time without increasing heart rate to a dangerous level. A 30 minutes class is held before each workout session on heart-healthy recovery. This includes such things as blood pressure, what a healthy heart should function like, and many other topics. The counselor and nutritionist are included in his rehabilitation to help him make better choices, and to ensure that he is having the best attitude during and towards his rehabilitation. After the rehabilitation process is through, it is up to Bolton to continue all the valuable tools that he has been taught.
Angel MedFlight fully supports patients having to go through any sort of rehabilitation processes. It is with great honor and pride and that Angel MedFlight transports patients who have to travel in order to receive the best care possible. The rehabilitation process promotes both physical and mental health to ensure the best possible results from all the time, energy, and hard work patients pour into their recovery.
For more information on National Rehabilitation Awareness Week and what can be done to help, check out their website at: http://rehabweek.com/rehab/