• Kenneth Brummel-Smith


Rehabilitation is a process of care directed at restoring or maintaining a person’s ability to live as independently as possible. It involves recovering from and adapting to the loss of physical, psychological, or social skills as a result of illness or trauma. Ultimately, those receiving rehabilitation hope to live in personally satisfying environments and maintain meaningful social relationships. In geriatrics, rehabilitation shifts from a goal of returning the patient to gainful employment to helping the older person live more independently. This type of care can be provided in any health care setting, including the home, office, acute or rehabilitation hospital, and long-term-care institution. An interdisciplinary team approach is required due to the complex nature of the various interventions. Patients and their families must be involved in decisions regarding rehabilitation treatment. Indeed, rehabilitation is a philosophical approach to the patient that recognizes that diagnoses are poor predictors of functional abilities, that having a disability does not diminish one’s social worth, and that the psychosocial aspects of care are at least as important as the medical aspects of care. Rehabilitation is an essential component of quality geriatric care that should be available to all those who might benefit.1 Recently, the American Geriatrics Society has recognized the importance of rehabilitation in its Public Policy Position statement (Table 17.1).


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