Convalescent patients discharged from a hospital do not always solve all of the problems of adjusting to the home situation. The advantages of a home program are evident, but an effort must me made to keep the patient from slipping back into his former role of dependency. The classification of disabilities given here can serve as a guide to the home needs of the patient. Numerous assistive devices are available, but patients sometimes need to be informed about them and to be encouraged to use them. The family may need instruction about such devices and about orthopedic appliances, special clothing, and modifications of the home for specific handicaps. The physician, by judicious consultation with others in medical specialties and paramedical fields, can do much to increase the patient's self-sufficiency and to improve patient-family integration.