The National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation recognizes the third week in September as Rehabilitation Awareness Week. NRAF was established in 1996 by Allied Services, based in Scranton, Pa. During this week, the foundation and health care clinics along with rehab professionals spread awareness about rehabilitation. Its mission is to educate people about the benefits and impact of rehabilitation, to 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.
This year, Sept. 16-22 was celebrated as Rehabilitation Awareness Week. The theme for this year is, “Rehab: Making a Difference in the Lives of Others.” Rehab professionals include physical and occupational therapists, speech therapist, and respiratory therapists.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, several rehabilitation fields will see increasing demands through 2016: physical therapists with 27 percent increase and 220,000 jobs; occupational therapists with 23 percent increase and 122,000 jobs; and respiratory therapists with 19 percent increase and 145,000 jobs. NRAF estimates show that for every $1 spent on rehab care, $11 in long-term disability costs is saved.
The goal of Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s Rehab services is to improve patient’s independence and quality of life. We offer services at the hospital, and our other conveniently located outpatient clinics as follows: Southeastern Lifestyle Center for Rehabilitation; Carolina Complete Rehab; Pembroke Rehab Center; Red Springs Rehab Center; and Gray’s Creek Rehab Center. We have recently moved into two new buildings. Red Springs Rehab Center is located on 302 Mount Tabor Road, Red Springs, next to Lifestyle Fitness Center of Red Springs. Our Gray’s Creek Rehab Center is located at 1249 Chicken Foot Road in Hope Mills.
This is a very exciting time for the Rehab Department as we continue to expand our services to surrounding areas. In addition to our rehab facilities at our new locations, patients are also able to utilize our medical clinics that are conveniently located in the same buildings. We offer a wide range of rehab programs including lymphedema, neurological conditions, orthopedic conditions, vestibular rehab, pediatric neurodevelopment, and sensory integration.
To obtain more information about what we can assist you, please visit one of our clinic locations or contact us directly at: Southeastern Lifestyle Center for Rehabilitation, 910-738-4554, and we will be happy to assist you. Also, feel free to visit our website at www.srmc.org/rehab to learn more about some of the lives we have touched through our patient testimonials.
Stephanie Kinlaw is the program specialist for Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Regional Medical Center. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.