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. A Medical Director makes rounds weekly and is on-call twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. The nursing department is managed by a qualified Director of Nursing, and each location is assigned a registered nurse/Health Care Coordinator and Assistant Director of Nursing 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, Kendall Regional Hospital and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Jackson Memorial Hospital and Joe DiMaggio are utilized for other consults with various specialists, in meeting the multiple needs of the people we support.
A comprehensive individualized health care plan is developed for each person; along with identified health risk factors and appropriate interventions. The health care plan is incorporated as part of each person’s habilitation/individualized program plan process and it is monitored by the Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional and the interdisciplinary team to ensure the best possible health outcomes.
Part of the person’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 is inclusive of various cultures, and from input of each person supported, while remaining nutritious. Miami Cerebral Palsy specializes in supporting individuals who are fed via enteral means (gastrostomy or jejunostomy 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, with a high success rate.
Another specialized area for MCPRS is our own in house Respiratory Therapist who is on-call 24 hours 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 and day program services. In addition, MCPRS has the capability to provide ventilator care, should a person that can benefit from active treatment (training in activities of daily living) need this support.