What is the Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities?
The Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) is an inpatient program housed at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital on University Blvd. This program was designed to optimally serve adults with developmental disabilities who have experienced a change in medical status that requires inpatient rehabilitation. Some examples of a change in status might be a fracture, surgery, brain injury, spinal cord injury, or severe illness to name a few.
A developmental disability is a lifelong condition with an onset prior to age 22 years old. It is a diverse group of conditions with cognitive and/or physical implications of varying severities. Some of these diagnoses include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down Syndrome
- Spina Bifida
- Other genetic conditions
As medical care advances, these individuals are living longer and more independently than ever before. As a result, there is a growing need for specialized rehabilitation services. At Brooks Rehabilitation, we aim to provide these individuals with unique, personalized services so they can achieve the best outcomes and get back to living their lives! It is the PADD’s mission to help adults with developmental disabilities transition safely back to their previous living situation.
What does this program offer?
Adults with developmental disabilities have a wide variety of abilities, interests, and needs. Our program is designed to adapt to each individual. We have a dedicated team of clinicians that are passionate and trained to specifically work with adults with developmental disabilities.
These clinicians take time to get an in-depth understanding of patient preferences, previous lifestyles, supports, and routines. We encourage family members or caretakers to engage in therapies to ensure goals and activities are relevant. Based on our thorough evaluation, we will plan daily treatments that match both the overall goals of inpatient rehabilitation and the interests of the individual.
Our patients are able to engage in services such as recreation therapy, music therapy, play-based therapy, and therapy to simulate workplace environments. All activities are designed to be goal-directed in order to optimize recovery and prepare for next steps after inpatient rehabilitation. Each day, the team participates in an interdisciplinary huddle. This ensures consistency of care for the preferences and routines of each individual.
Our team has the education, experience, and passion to effectively care for adults with developmental disabilities. We are not only experts on the diagnoses and treatment strategies, but also well versed in preparing for the unique living settings that these adults may reside in. We collaborate with group homes, day programs, assisted living facilities, and families in discharge planning. This allows us to understand care requirements and establish any adjustments that may need to occur prior to transitioning back after inpatient rehabilitation. Our case manager will assist in coordinating resources and planning for a safe transition from Brooks Rehabilitation.
Connect with us
Please feel free to reach out with any questions to our email address at InpatientPADD@BrooksRehab.org.