Miami Cerebral Palsy has a proven track record for providing care to individuals requiring specialized medical care and considered to be the most vulnerable. Despite the intensive medical support needed for the majority of the people residing at MCPRS, people supported are able to experience a meaningful life by participating in outside services to include attending public school, vocational programs and/or the MCP operated off campus Lifelong Learning Program.
Miami Cerebral Palsy operates its residential homes with registered and licensed nurses twenty four hours per day, including nursing support at the Lifelong Learning Program. The agency has a Medical Director who makes rounds weekly and is on-call twenty four hours a day. The nursing department is managed by a qualified Director of Nursing, and each location is assigned a registered nurse/Health Care Coordinator whose sole responsibility is to oversee the clinical component of the individuals residing at each specific location as well as to supervise the nurses. Miami Cerebral Palsy collaborates with other physicians, and the homes are located near Baptist Hospital, Kendal Regional Hospital and Nicholas Children’s Hospital. Jackson Memorial Hospital and Joe DiMaggio are utilized for other consults with various specialists in meeting the multiple needs of the individuals.
A comprehensive individualized health care plan is developed for each individual requiring one; health risk factors are identified with appropriate interventions. The health care plan is incorporated as part of the person’s habilitation process and it is monitored by the interdisciplinary to ensure the best possible health outcomes.
Part of the individual’s health care plan development is the inclusion of the licensed and registered dietitian, who not only assures a well-balanced diet but offers a menu that it is inclusive of various cultures while remaining nutritious. Miami Cerebral Palsy specializes in supporting individuals who are fed via enteral means, (via feeding tube), and through the collaboration of the interdisciplinary process, proactively assesses and works towards the elimination of dependence on enteral feedings to consumption of nutrition orally, (whenever possible) with a high success rate.
Another specialized area for MCPRS is respiratory therapy who is on-call 24 hour a day, 7 days a week. Through the collaborative efforts of the nursing staff and that of the respiratory therapist, aggressive treatment is provided, often decreasing the need for hospitalizations and increasing participation in activities of daily living. In addition, MCPRS has the capability to provide tracheostomy care, ventilator care and support people who are on dialysis, should a person that can benefit from active treatment (training in activities of daily living) need the support.