With a pediatrician as our medical director, two certified Family Nurse Practitioners, respiratory therapists and around-the-clock nursing and CNA support, our medically complex unit, River’s Bend, is able to provide care at the level of a step-down pediatric intensive care unit. We also serve clients in our Horseshoe Park area, offering medical “step-down” support for those that have started to show an increase in independence from our River’s Bend unit. In addition to our medical team, our Nutritional Therapy team is dedicated to the health of our clients by ensuring they receive a well-balanced, specialized diet with the correct caloric intake. We also consult with outside agencies for Neurology, Orthopedics and Pulmonology in which these medical providers come to our campus for consultation or follow-up appointments. Through the support of this medical team, our clients are able to participate in many opportunities such as attending school, going to movies, and shopping with friends.
Through collaboration and our continuum of services, we utilize a team approach in order to provide individualized and person-centered services. For individuals receiving Medically Complex services, the following departments and services are vital components of this continuum.
There is a close relationship between residential and educational services. Our Direct Support Professional staff are with the clients before school, go with them to school, and come back to the residential settings after school. This allows for consistent program implementation and communication between teachers and the evening/weekend residential staff.
The recreation department helps guide the recreational activities that take place in the residential area throughout the day and evening hours. They also coordinate all extracurricular activities (e.g., Special Olympics, Boy/Girl Scouts, etc.). Residential clients and staff also have access to the swimming pool and gymnasium during evening and weekend hours.