Ability Restoration Program

Ability Restoration Program

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The Problem

It is estimated that 0.2% of children, 3% of working age adults, and 18% of individuals 65 years and older, roughly 55 million people, suffer from some form of disability. These limitations prevent their full and active participation in all aspects of their personal, family, work, and social life. Initially, these limitations, be they physical, cognitive (mental), vocational or, social, are looked at as the problem. However, due to frustration over mobility restrictions, communication difficulties, self-care deficits, and dependence on others, these limitations often lead to feelings of grief, depression, and despair. 

Grief, Depression, and Despair do not have to become a way of life for individuals suffering from disabilities. Thanks to today's medical advances and technology, most functions of the disabled individual can be restored, thus, increasing independence, broadening participation in life, and ultimately assisting in the achievement of acceptance and happiness for the affected individual.

The Process

Disability Evaluation begins with a consultation with the Neuropsychiatrist. Based on this initial consultation, a more detailed assessment is arranged. This assessment will include other members of the Ability Restoration and treatment team. Team assessment findings are then evaluated in a clinical conference and an individualized treatment and rehabilitation program is created especially for the individual patient. The services are provided on an out-patient basis, this provides a normal and less restrictive environment as well as significant cost containment. Residential arrangements are made for patients residing outside the immediate area who would prefer to reside locally while receiving the intensive phase of their treatment.

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Major disability may result from numerous causes, including physical, psychological, family, and occupational factors. Therefore, only a team of specially trained professionals can truly evaluate disability and manage ability restoration.

The Ability Restoration and Treatment Team at Sunshine Behavioral Medicine consists of:

• Neuropsychiatrist 
• Rehabilitation Specialist 
• Occupational Therapist 
• Physical Therapist 
• Speech Therapist 
• Health Psychologist and Health Counselors 
• Rehabilitation Nurse Educator

• Disability Analyst 
• Orthotic and Prosthetic Specialist 
• Mobility Engineer 
• Architectural Barrier Engineer 
• Space Accessibility Contractors 
• Specialty Medical Consultants

The Program

The Independent Living and Ability Restoration Program (ARP) at Sunshine Behavioral Medicine draws its foundation from many years of clinical experience. 

The program is designed to meet the individual medical and rehabilitative needs of the disabled individual, thus facilitating their return to independent living, self-reliance, and re-entrance to an active personal, family, work, and social life. This is achieved by developing and administering personalized and comprehensive medical, rehabilitative, and functional services to each individual.

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How to Request Services

Referral is NOT NECESSARY; however, we are pleased to accept referrals. For an appointment, simply contact us.