HEALTH CARE SERVICES
Health Care Services are provided to people through a network of Health Care Services personnel. Nurses, medication aides, physicians, Physician Assistants, pharmacy, and telemedicine are part of this network. People are also seen at several specialty clinics both on and off campus. The specialty clinics include physiatry, neurology, orthopedics, psychiatry, audiology, and vision. Emergency and urgent care is provided by Community Memorial Hospital and the Redfield Clinic.
Speech Language Pathologists provide various services. Speech and language assessments or evaluations of progress are provided annually for each person supported. The Pathologists develop and write training programs such as: learning to use cues or using gestures, learning sign language, using communication books and boards and augmentative devices. The Pathologists provide direct speech and language therapy for people at SDDC. They also train, assist and monitor direct contact staff and speech aides on a daily basis as they conduct various communication programs.
Dental Care - Comprehensive dental services are provided by the staff of a dentist, dental hygienist and two dental assistants. This includes dental restorative (fillings), prosthetics (dentures), periodontics (soft tissue management) and oral surgery, with major emphasis on prevention of problems. Oral hygiene training is provided to people supported through personal instruction and to staff in Training and Development Resources classes as well as on-site by the dental staff. Instruction is also given in the dental clinic for dental, dental hygiene and dental assistant students from affiliated educational programs. Dental health assessments and evaluations of progress are provided annually for each person as part of the interdisciplinary team process. A specific treatment care plan is made for each person. The on-site dental clinic is open from 7:30am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Emergency services are available 24 hours a day.
Physical Therapists at SDDC work with other members of the interdisciplinary team to provide optimum care for people who live at SDDC. The physical therapist provides assessment and treatment and strives to preserve and/or improve the physical health and physical functioning of each person. This may include exercises to improve range of motion, strength, endurance, mobility, coordination and activities of daily living. The physical therapist is responsible for determining appropriate wheelchair seating systems and orthotics for the person. In addition, the physical therapist provides inservice training to staff on a routine basis. The physical therapist also is involved in monthly physiatry, neurology, orthopedic, orthotic and dysphagia clinics.
Occupational Therapists at SDDC provide a wide range of services to assist people to develop skills necessary to lead meaningful lives.Services focus on enhancing the person’s ability to participate in occupations that will allow him/her to live in a less restrictive environment. Services include social skills groups to increase the person’s ability to get along with others, follow directions and/or stay on task; cooking classes to increase a person’s ability to plan and prepare well-balanced meals, learn safety skills and work with others; sensory stimulation to assist the person in interacting and gaining meaning from the environment; feeding/eating interventions to allow the person to eat in a safe, neat and independent manner; and other services as determined by the needs of the person. Assessments are completed by the Occupational Therapist with the assistance of the Occupational Therapy Assistant for each person and recommendations are made in concordance with the Interdisciplinary Team.