Habilitation care helps people learn, keep, or improve skills for everyday life. It's different from rehabilitation. Rehab teaches people to recover skills they once had. Habilitation teaches a skill that you haven't had before. It's when you're learning how to do something for the first time. It can include learning how to bathe, staying on task, job coaching, and more.
Habilitation may use physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and others.
Some reasons for these services are to help:
- A child who's not talking as expected for her age
- Children or adults with intellectual disabilities
- People with cerebral palsy
- People with autism
Habilitation is one of the essential health benefits. These are the core benefits all health plans must have to be in a state’s Marketplace. Medicaid must also cover these services.