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Extraordinary situations require extraordinary solutions

 
We have been implementing an integration concept specially developed for individuals with brain damage or neurological disabilities since 2003: ABN@SALO, outpatient occupational neurorehabilitation.

Neurologically impaired individuals undergoing rehabilitation frequently have illness-related difficulties in adjusting to new situations. Reduced cognitive skills often impair their problem-solving abilities. In many cases, starting a new activity in a foreign environment represents a challenge that cannot be overcome independently. In the case of existing employment relationships, the workplace and the working conditions often no longer correspond to the performance levels of the individual undergoing rehabilitation. After a comprehensive diagnosis and stocktake of the situation, SALO+PARTNER prepares a specific rehabilitation schedule for every individual undergoing rehabilitation, which takes account of the individual’s specific requirements. We train their occupational, social and cognitive skills.

The focus is on the development and training of compensation strategies for existing performance impairments and in strengthening everyday and personal competencies. We provide training for social and communication skills and provide assistance in coping with the illness. We also impart job-related knowledge. Early job trials and professional training in businesses are an important part of the programme. We gradually and cautiously increase the requirements in order to sustainably develop and stabilise the individual’s performance capacity. Our employees support the individual undergoing rehabilitation in the company and advise colleagues and employers in order to ensure a successful integration.

If qualification or re-training is required, we also support the individual undergoing rehabilitation in this phase and provide targeted development measures. We work closely together with instructors and vocational school teachers in this respect. The person undergoing rehabilitation is supported by a single reference person, the rehabilitation coach, during the entire programme. We include relatives, physicians, therapists, employers and colleagues in the rehabilitation process wherever possible.

 

Our concept for success for ABN@SOLO: outpatient integration

 
Proximity to a familiar environment is particularly important for people with acquired brain injuries. We respond to this requirement, meet the individual undergoing rehabilitation at home and support them directly from their place of residence. This ensures a transition to full-time employment. This means that participation is also possible for individuals undergoing rehabilitation who have poor access to public transport due to reduced mobility, or are not able to reach one of our facilities for other reasons.