A rehabilitation specialist usually works in a medical entity that encourages development for clients who have mental illnesses or mental disabilities. The rehabilitation specialist will usually create plans for individuals in order to help them adapt to daily living. The specialist may teach and help the clients in areas such as personal grooming skills, communication, and recreational activities. This person also teaches how to cope with daily living. The specialist may provide opportunities for the client to socialize and participate in activities. This may involve carrying out research in order to determine the availability of programs and what programs will be most suited for the patient’s needs.
The position sometimes involves working in an office where clients will be brought to the specialist. In other positions, the job requires providing these services in the home of the patient. In this case, a valid driver’s license will be needed. The rehabilitation specialist may have a single patient or multiple patients who are visited on different days of the week. Plans should be adapted to patient needs in terms of the skills they need to develop and the goals they want or need to achieve. A patient personality is needed for this job, as some clients may be difficult to deal with. When the specialist notices changes in the behavior of the client, this behavior should be reported to the supervisor or a medical provider.
Strong communication skills are needed in order to be able to communicate with the client, families of the client, and the patient’s medical providers. Generally, this is a full-time position. This position typically requires a bachelor's degree and experience in a related field.
Rehabilitation Specialist Tasks
Ensure supportive living and aid to patients with mental health disorders.
Accompany patients to appointments and assist in daily life routines.
Guide patients in coping skills and behavioral modification techniques.