Rehabilitation Counselling

The rehabilitation counsellors at Tays counsel and advise the client and his or her family members in issues related to illness or disability rehabilitation and the service system. The counselling always starts from the person's functional capacity in his or her living environment.

The expertise of a rehabilitation counsellor is especially needed when the patient has recently become disabled or fallen ill or has a severe disability, as well as in situations where the illness or injury causes problems in functional capacity or professional ability.

Rehabilitation counselling in specialised health care

Rehabilitation counselling in specialised health care is needed with e.g. sensory disabilities, communication problems, cognitive and neurological special issues, rare diseases and situations where interprofessional and broad expertise is needed.

Illnesses and situations where the client may benefit from rehabilitation counselling include, for example:

  • Brain injury, stroke, ALS, epilepsy, MS, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury
  • Rare diseases
  • Allergy, respiratory diseases, skin diseases
  • Developmental disability
  • Hearing-vision injury, hearing impairment, vision impairment
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, cancers and heart diseases
  • Multiple diseases
  • Occupational rehabilitation counselling.

The illnesses and conditions of child clients in rehabilitation counselling include, for example:

  • Organ transplant
  • Developmental disabilities, hearing impairment, linguistic special difficulties, neurological diseases or injuries, vision impairment
  • Chronic diseases, such as asthma, allergy, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and skin diseases
  • Child psychiatric treatment
  • Haematological disorders and cancers and heart diseases

When the client's or his or her family's situation requires complex coordination between service providers and a contact person, the rehabilitation counsellor can be the contact person for the person with an illness or disability, coordinating between the hospital and home, the work place, the school, day care and other parties and officials participating in the care and rehabilitation. Rehabilitation counsellors also organise orientation events for different disease and disability groups.

Rehabilitation counsellor

  • Analyses the client's situation at the hospital and in his or her own living environment, such as the school, day care or work place
  • Evaluates the need for rehabilitation and other services
  • Informs about the specific features of the illness or disability, rehabilitation services and forms of support
  • Guides the patient in applying for services and forms of support
  • Participates in the planning and follow-up of the rehabilitation, as well as helps to find solutions that promote rehabilitation
  • When necessary, writes statements for e.g. applications for services in accordance with the act on disability services
  • Informs, coordinates and trains the rehabilitation collaboration network about issues in the field.

The client or his or her family member can contact the rehabilitation counsellor. The contacting person may also be an employee in health or social services or rehabilitation services. A referral is not needed. The counsellor can be contacted over the phone.

Rehabilitation counselling is free of charge for the client.

Special expertise at Tays

The rehabilitation counsellors at Tays have developed national ICF applications (WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health), such as assessment of the need for services in the rehabilitant's living environment.

At Tays, we have special expertise in the rehabilitation counselling of the following diseases and injury groups, for example: strokes, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, developmental disabilities and children's communication rehabilitation for linguistic difficulties.

Person in charge

Rehabilitation Manager Tuula Haukka-Wacklin