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Enduring Relationships & Lifelong Wellness: From Craig into Community

Anticipated Strategic Initiatives

How Might Our Patients Build Confidence to Successfully Transition Back to Their Communities?

Leaving the safety of the Craig inpatient program and transitioning back home, or to outpatient, community-based programming, can be daunting for our patients. Even though they no longer require the intensive medical and behavioral care they received as inpatients, many can still benefit from a therapy program focused on specific skills needed to thrive within the community. We envision building on our signature approach to inpatient care by expanding our short-term, intensive Transitions Program, empowering patients and caregivers to more fully master and apply their newly learned skills in a home or community environment.

In addition to building our Transitions Program, we will be expanding our Outpatient Program to increase the number of people we can serve in a timely fashion. Currently, we are limited in our outpatient capacity, and some patients wait up to six months for a re-evaluation. To overcome these challenges, we must make capital investments to expand outpatient gyms and clinics and other spaces for outpatient programs. We will grow our clinical services, educational programming, and therapies, and we will invest in digital technologies and programs, such as telehealth, that allow Craig care (both clinical and non-clinical) to take place in the patient’s home, with caregivers, and in physicians’ offices across the globe.

How Might We Connect the Craig Community with Enduring Support, Resources, and Advocacy?

Information empowers patients and families to live healthier lives, and it enables clinicians to provide better care. Currently, beyond what exists on the Craig Hospital website and other fragmented resources that one can find online, there is no comprehensive resource that supplements the rehabilitation journey for patients and caregivers throughout their lives. Without a valid, thorough education source for patients and caregivers trying to navigate their community, people feel alone in their search, not knowing which resources to trust and not receiving the information they need at each stage of their journey.

As a central part of our strategic plan, we envision providing vetted educational resources to provide lifelong learning and support to communities across the country. From in-house patient and family education, to lectures and courses offered to physicians and therapists around the globe, to online multimedia educational resources, Craig will share the latest science, technology, and therapy methods to improve outcomes in communities near and far. We envision an educational resource hub that will consolidate Craig’s model of care and clinical expertise and disseminate them to patients, caregivers, and providers worldwide.

There is real power in our Craig alumni network. We see it every day. Peer interactions, both patient and caregiver-based, layer in personal context to the rehabilitation journey. Through our Peer Mentor Program, patients and caregivers receive support from experienced peers while they are in Englewood and continue the relationship long after they return home. Besides vital emotional support, the program offers practical guidance, e.g. by helping people transition back home, perform daily tasks, return to work and school, navigate relationships, recreation, and travel, and so much more. Many Craig graduates name the Peer Mentor Program as one of their most important experiences during their time at Craig.

We plan to expand the Peer Mentor Program to ensure we can provide this essential service to every patient, graduate, or caregiver who wants this form of support.