‘Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal’
When you come into the centre or are assessed by a therapist in your home they will always ask ‘what are you goals? What do you want to achieve from therapy?’
Goals are valued statements and should be meaningful to the person that makes them. Goal setting is an important part of your initial assessment in order for your therapy to have the best outcomes. The therapist’s objective in this process is to establish how to best meet your needs. It also allows treatment to be focused on measuring an individual’s improvements or progress.
Goal setting should be collaborative between the client and the therapist. In many clinical settings clients feel they are passive bystanders in their treatment, however clients need to be active co-planners. Collaborative goal setting increases a client’s adherence to their goals, which in turn increases client’s satisfaction with therapy and enhances goal attainment. If goals are purely made by the therapist they may not be valued by the client leading to a decreased interest and motivation in therapy. Being involved in goal setting not only provides client participation it has also been shown to empower clients. When goals are made together this ensures that both the client and therapist are working towards the same end goal.
Key points in goal setting
- Write it down and keep it in sight – a written goal represents a real commitment and without this commitment a goal is only a dream. Keeping it in sight provides a constant reminder what you are working towards.
- Make the goal meaningful to you not the therapist – intrinsic goals are more inspiring and have rewards that are meaningful to you. Make sure you are selecting a goal for the right reason not for others.
- Make the goal believable – imagine you can do it, have self belief in your ability
- Make the goal measurable – this allows you to measure your progress
At the end of your initial assessment your therapist will write down your goals (in collaboration with you of course)and hand you a treatment plan; take this home and keep it in sight for that constant reminder of why you are doing all your exercises and practicing of tasks.
So before you come in to see one our therapists at Advance Rehab Centre or at home with Mobile Rehab Innovations, make sure you have asked yourself ‘What do I want to achieve from therapy?’