Learn Why Group Programs Make BEARS a Better Option for Clinicians and Patients
Did you know that only 24% of physical therapy clients adhere to prescribed exercise programs? A recent study showed that 76% of PT patients do not complete their treatment plan, which significantly impacts the success of physical therapy interventions. One of the most common causes of this low adherence rate is poor social support.
A typical wellness program at a health clinic focuses on individualized, one-on-one care. This can be very beneficial, as it allows for a person’s specific, unique needs to be addressed. However, one-on-one care removes the other benefits one can experience from group programs: support, motivation, and engagement that come from a community with shared experiences. The Brain Enhance and Recovery System (BEARS) combines individualized care with a group support model to reap the benefits of both.
How can group support benefit the individual?
Group programs provide a built-in social support system that every individual will benefit from. Receiving care and support from a group of individuals who share similar experiences and challenges fosters an environment of encouragement and helps each person not to feel so isolated by their health challenges. It normalizes their circumstance and invites a more positive outlook. Creating this supportive community can also lead an individual to feel more motivated, helping them become more engaged in their wellness journey. They can give and receive inspiration from their peers and share a higher level of commitment to bettering their health.
Other benefits include:
Quicker access to care with shorter wait times for sessions
Improvement of socialization skills
Enhancement of coping mechanisms.
Mirroring day-to-day life tasks to give individuals the practice they need
Taking the spotlight off an individual who is not comfortable being singled out
Modeling—a form of learning in which individuals learn by imitating the actions of others
More sustainable outcomes from increased program engagement
Past and current BEARS clients have felt the advantages that a group model provides:
“One thing I loved about the program is we were all there, working as a team, towards a common goal. Staff, clients, it was so supportive.”
“It was meaningful to be part of a group and really helped with my recovery—others who had suffered ABIs could relate and understand my problems through their own experiences.”
“I’m not alone. I’m not the only one going through these things. It’s inspiring how hard everyone is working.”
How do group programs benefit a clinician?
A BEARS-certified facilitator can work with 8-10 clients in one class session. Your time is extremely valuable and likely in high demand. With group treatment, you can see more patients each week, enabling you to help more people without increasing your hours and workload.
With group classes, the average clinic can also increase revenue by more than $20k a month, since you’ll be able to see more clients in a day. By leading BEARS group sessions, you’ll be increasing your impact on your communities exponentially, and growing your profitability in the process.
BEARS-certified facilitators practicing the group model have provided extremely positive feedback:
“Group [classes] allow for group discussions; getting conversations started and listening to absorb what clients are saying. They say it differently to their peers than to us facilitators. They discuss their shared experiences. I observe, I listen, and can then be a more impactful facilitator.”
“Why didn’t I do group sessions earlier? I have so much more time on my hands.”
Start Offering Group Sessions of BEARS
If you’re looking for a way to increase wellness program engagement and outcomes, grow your clinic’s revenue, and help more people without burning yourself out, the Brain Enhance and Recovery System group model could be a great fit. Implement BEARS at your clinic to provide your clients with the brain health support they deserve to help them live the life they want.
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