The continuum of care is critical in rehabilitation. Recovery after a catastrophic injury or illness does not end when one is discharged from the acute care hospital. The cost to society if we do not provide these services becomes astronomical, at a time when reimbursement for services is declining. In order to optimize recovery, the environment and the services provided must be comprehensive, yet flexible enough, to meet the needs of the individual patient at every stage
of their recovery. There are a range of facilities settings that a patient may graduate through to regain their independence, from acute to subacute to transitional housing. Designing for the rehabilitation patient across these settings requires a better understanding of newer technologies as well as the lighting, acoustics, accessibility and wayfinding, safety and environmental needs of patients dealing with a wide range of physical, sensory, and psychological injuries.