The Role Caregiver Support Plays in Client Progression in Therapeutic Recreation Interventions

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Robin Bilodeau (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Justin Harmon

Abstract: The purpose of this investigation is to examine how familial and caregiver support systems during recovery from acquired and traumatic brain injury impact client recovery in therapeutic recreation. Familial social support in therapeutic settings has the potential to motivate, support, and encourage clients, but does a strong support system from family, friends, and caregivers improve therapeutic outcomes? I seek to understand the positive and negative implications family support has on client progression and outcomes in inpatient post-acute settings. My investigation seeks to navigate the multiple dimensions caregiver and family dynamic bring to the recovery process. Research will center on navigating shifting family structure, scheduling, and familial well-being through the rehabilitation process. Observational research will be conducted at the Sticht Center at Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in the acquired brain injury inpatient rehabilitation. The inpatient acquired brain injury rehabilitation program at Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center provides specialized, intensive rehabilitation services for patients age thirteen and older who have traumatic and nontraumatic brain injuries. This investigation will research how family and caregiver support, or the lack of support, presents barriers in rehabilitation settings. Through research and observation, I seek to attain a comprehensive understanding of how familial support improves or inhibits overall client progression and outcome while analyzing the numerous barriers presented.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2022
caregiver support, recreational therapy, familial social support, brain injury

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