To establish, support, maintain and operate residences and programs for the guidance, education, treatment and long-term care of children and adults who are intellectually and physically disabled, all without regard to race, color, creed, sex or national origin and with emphasis on the spiritual, emotional, physical and social habilitation in order to bring about healing of the whole person.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit Verland initiated a new concept in physical therapy that responds to the conditions of non-mobile aging individuals: restorative therapy which treats a client 2x weekly with exercises aimed at maintaining muscle tone and weight-bearing on bones. This therapy holds clients at base-line and diminishes need for interventive and concentrated physical and occupational therapy by a certified physical therapist. This method is taught to our direct support staff who aid in the therapy in the homes and the training facility. Verland has increased the time its individuals spend in aquatic therapy which supplements restorative therapy and physical / occupational therapy, providing a suppleness of muscles that enables the limbs to be moved more easily- shown in dressing the clients more easily after therapy. Verland initiated communications therapy extending use of augmentive communication devices first to all the younger clients in classroom and home settings using, besides regular staff, a graduate student who visited class and home to reinforce communication with the clients and to teach this to direct support staff, clearly demonstrating to them that more clients have ability to communicate basic wants and needs if given the opportunity through the communication process. These advances and opportunities for equestrian therapy greatly moved the quality of life of Sewickley campus residents forward. Also, whirlpool tubs serviced by overhead lifts were installed over the last two years adding daily muscle therapy and relaxation to the routine of the 94 profoundly disabled individuals on the Sewickley campus. The overhead lifts added the safety feature of transfer from wheelchairs to tub and there have been no lifting accidents at all since their installation. Accompanying some of these activities was the addition of more space, and improved access with wider doors and smoother flooring to some of the homes as part of Verlandís incremental renovation program.
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