Audrey has made several advancements since moving to Marbridge. She improved her daily living skills to a level that allowed her to move from assisted to semi-independent living, and now Audrey shares an independent cottage in The Village with five of her best friends. She enjoys an active life on campus, and participates on the drill team and the swim team. But of all her accomplishments since coming to Marbridge, Audrey is most proud of her long record of employment. Audrey works in laundry and housekeeping at a national exercise and health company in Austin where she helps fold and re-stock hundreds of towels each day and also maintains the cleanliness of her assigned zone of workout machines. Her supervisor says Audrey has come a long way in her five years of employment.
Audrey is doing a great job,” says Chris Simmons. “She comes in and works hard. We’ve brought her along, and now she’s just like any other team member.
An alternative to group homes for adults with seizure disorder
Adulthood brings new challenges for families concerned about the health and quality of life of a loved one with seizure disorder. Assisted living is a suitable option for adults with seizure disorder who need help or supervision (such as medical assistance or guidance) but can manage most daily activities on their own. But when it comes to assisted living, quality of life issues are what concern families most. At Marbridge we provide a program of training, supervision and activities that directly address quality of life. That’s what makes Marbridge a viable alternative to group homes adults with seizure disorder. The combination of a safe environment, engaging activities and training tailored to the needs of each individual provides an overall sense of well-being and satisfaction for the adults with seizure disorder who live at Marbridge.
We provide an individualized program for adults with seizure disorder
Because no single adult with seizure disorder is quite like another, our Individual Program Plan addresses each person’s unique abilities and attributes in designing a care program. This what makes Marbridge a special place for cerebral palsy adults and a viable alternative to group homes for seizure disorder adults. Any program for adults with seizure disorder must consider the type of training and activities needed to assist that person in reaching his or her goals. Our residential care for adults with seizure disorder is tailored to their needs and interests.
Life skills training; training and placement into jobs for adults with seizure disorder
From tips on grooming, to fitness and exercise—residents with seizure disorder receive a variety of life-skills-based training. Marbridge offers training in shopping, cooking, money management, healthy eating choices and much more. The goal of Life Skills training is to enable residents to reach the highest level of personal independence possible in their daily routines.
Residents with cerebral palsy who desire employment are often enrolled in Job Skills Training. They learn the importance of staying on task, arriving at work on time, taking directions and adopting appropriate behaviors in an employment setting. Residents develop resume writing and interviewing skills and learn to set goals for the type of employment desired.
An experience similar to college for adults with seizure disorder
Employment training and personal enrichment courses have been provided by Marbridge since its founding in 1953. However, in 2001 a more structured training program was developed that integrated education, socialization, recreation, independent living skills and employment instruction. This training program now serves more than 160 residents in the Ranch and Village communities. For adults with seizure disorder who are graduating from high school, Marbridge can provide a college-like experience.
Organized into semesters, the training schedule is based on each resident’s Individual Program Plan (IPP) goals. Generally, job skills training places within the top five goals identified in all IPPs. Job skills training is offered only to residents who list employment as a goal he or she wants to achieve. That’s because our job skills training is not a job coach program. It’s different from what most families encounter in high school or other care communities, where a job coach accompanies the individual and stands by them all day. Our program trains residents to be independent employees. At Marbridge, we believe young people with seizure disorder can become self-determining adults, capable of competing—and winning—in the competitive workplace. Time and again, they prove us right.