For over 24 years, Rehab Assist has provided Case Management, Guardianship and Life Care Planning services for disabled and elderly clients ranging in age from 6 to 103 years. Our highly qualified and diverse team of professionals collaborates in working toward a shared goal of helping our clients to achieve their maximum quality of life.
Case Study: Cerebral Palsy
Mary is a 13 year old female with cerebral palsy, cortical blindness and microcephaly. She functions at a 6 to 9 month old level. Mary is wheelchair bound and totally dependent on others for all of her activities of daily living [ADL’s]. When Rehab Assist was introduced to Mary she was residing in a trailer park with her parents and four siblings. She received a significant monetary settlement in a medical malpractice claim, and a trust fund was established for her needs. Mary’s parents were frequently overwhelmed by her needs and in dealing with their own issues which included alcohol and substance abuse and addiction.
- Assisted family in finding new home and making necessary modifications for Mary.
- Coordinated and acquired specialized equipment including wheelchair, seating system, bed, mattress, shower and bath equipment and toys and learning devices.
- Arranged for installation of exterior ramping for safe entry / exit to home.
- Obtained discounts for ongoing medical supplies and arranged for delivery of same.
- Hired and supervised private care staff and negotiated services saving $7,000 / year.
- Facilitated increased attendance in special education program to 95 to 100%.
- Acquired and coordinated home physical therapy at discounted rate.
- Attended school special education staffings and coordinated specific recommendations.
- Coordinated installation of wheelchair lifts in home environment.
- Brokered purchase of modified vehicle and reported need for same to probate court.
- Established consistent budget for Mary including equipment, supplies, therapy, food, clothing and vacation funds.
- Provide ongoing support and services and monitoring of Mary’s (and parent’s) needs.
Mary currently resides in a completely accessible four bedroom home with her family. She receives care provider services on a daily basis. Her attendance in a special education program is 95 to 100%. A fully modified van transports her to all community activities and physician appointments. She sleeps in a specialized bed with a customized mattress which prevents bed sores. Mary has gained 30 pounds and receives tube feedings on a regular basis. Her once frequent hospitalizations (due to choking) have all but been eliminated. Mary participates in daily rehabilitation services including: physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions. She has special adaptive toys and learning devices which her therapists and private duty care providers utilized when they work with her.