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Setting Rehabilitation Goals for the New Year

For many people, January 1st brings a newfound sense of optimism in bettering their health. It’s a time where people begin setting goals for themselves and coordinate ways they can achieve them. In rehabilitation, goal setting is important as it provides the patient with something to work towards to better their daily life activities. By working with a physical or speech therapist, patients will be able to discuss and consider several different techniques for a number of issues. Before you can work towards your goal, you must consider a few things.

What Are You Trying to Achieve?

It’s common for people to set big goals for themselves, like losing weight or wanting to run a 5-minute mile. However, it’s important for people to work in baby steps, as the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” This sentiment is true for rehabilitation goals as well. For example, your initial goal may be “I want to talk better.” However, to work towards that you should consider smaller goals to get you started, such as “I want to participate in dinner table conversations” or “I want to order my own meal at dinner.” Employing the help of a speech therapist or other rehabilitation professional can assist you in figuring out effective ways to reach your goals.

How Will I Help Myself Achieve This Goal?

With the assistance of a rehabilitation professional, they can help you brainstorm ways you can reach your overall goal. By coming up with a path for success, you will be more likely to follow through and gradually see the results you’re after. The rehabilitation therapist may set bigger goals further along the path to ensure you’re being challenged and meeting your expected progress.

Measuring Your Progress

Measuring your goal progress is a helpful way to ensure you’re meeting your rehabilitation goals. It’s a great way to see how far you’ve come and how far you have to go to obtain the results you want. It’s also a great way to discuss realistic outcomes and expectations regarding your progress. By working with a rehabilitation professional, patients will have a partner who is knowledgeable and willing to help measure and evaluate their progress.

Can You Commit Yourself to This Goal?

A lot of people find it hard to stay motivated in pursuing New Year’s resolutions. Research has shown that accountability is a powerful motivator for people to achieve their goals. By working alongside a rehabilitation professional and having a solid support system, you have a greater chance of committing yourself to your goal. If you want to better your situation, it’s important you hold yourself accountable and stay optimistic.

Set and Achieve Your Goals With South Coast Post Acute

Individuals who come to South Coast Post Acute for rehabilitation receive highly-skilled care. Whether it’s speech therapy or physical therapy resulting from a stroke or injury, we’re here to help. As one of Southern California’s premier post-acute care facilities, we are committed to helping you reach your goals. Contact us today to get started.

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