KiZ - Kinder im Zentrum - Continuous participation support and aftercare in the rehabilitation process of children and adolescents
In the KiZ model project, continuous support for children and adolescents with chronic illnesses is being established. Those affected are assisted by pilots who are specially qualified for child and adolescent rehabilitation. This service makes it possible for more affected children and adolescents to participate in rehabilitation measures at an early stage. By providing support throughout the entire rehabilitation process, the successes achieved in rehabilitation can be consolidated over the long term.
Several project partners work together to provide holistic process support. Specialized clinics, aftercare organizations, service providers and a training institute jointly assume responsibility for early access, a rehabilitative care structure close to the patient's home, including aftercare services tailored to the patient's needs. Barriers to access and utilization of rehabilitation measures can be removed with the help of a person-centered orientation and consideration of social factors. Specific gaps in care are uncovered, ways of dealing with them are developed and concrete measures are taken in concrete case monitoring. Affected families should no longer perceive rehabilitation measures as singular interventions, but rather continuous care paths should open up for them.
The pilots achieve lasting stability in the child's entire treatment process through the active involvement of parents and caregivers as well as through their mediating function with organizations, authorities and specialists. This makes it possible to build up health skills and successfully reintegrate the child with the illness.
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