When your parent/family member has a set back from an injury or illness that limits their ability to complete their everyday task a physician in a hospital may recommend short-term rehabilitation. Be supportive and positive about the initiative. What once was easy to do on a daily basis now seems almost impossible. There is often a looming fear that this current disability is now more long term. Here’s how to keep things in perspective and encourage your loved ones throughout the rehabilitation process. Keep a Positive Attitude The glass is half full, the rehab goals are obtainable and they are reasonable. The process made is dependent on how much effort is put in to reach the goals set by the therapy team. Your loved ones may look to your reaction to guide their own. Stay positive and maintain a good attitude throughout the process. It increases the likelihood that they’ll follow suit. Provide constant encouragement to your parent or family member and remain as involved as possible. Keep stressing the end result. Get Involved If possible, talk to your loved ones/parents physical, speech, or occupational therapists after each session. Know the plan of care for your loved one’s program.