A tragic automobile accident changed Doug’s life forever, but his traumatic brain injury did not erase his long-term memories, including his fluency in Spanish! The staff at The Village at Marbridge has worked with Doug to help him develop strategies and tools to overcome his short-term memory challenges, and today Doug successfully keeps up with his busy schedule of training and activities all on his own. Doug has made many friends at Marbridge, and he’s widely known for the famous “killer smile” that he freely shares with all who encounter him. Doug is also well known for always having his trusty day planner with him at all times, but the staff at Marbridge are currently working to incorporate a smart phone and other high technologies to put better tools to work to help with Doug’s short-term memory needs.
An alternative to group homes for adults with traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injury brings enormous challenges for families concerned about the health and quality of life of a loved one who has suffered this type of injury. Assisted living is a suitable option for adults with traumatic brain injury 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 traumatic brain injury. 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 traumatic brain injury who live at Marbridge.
We provide an individualized program for adults with traumatic brain injury
Because no single adult with traumatic brain injury 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 traumatic brain injured adults. Any program for adults with traumatic brain injury 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 traumatic brain injury is tailored to their needs and interests.
Life skills training; training and placement into jobs for adults with traumatic brain injury
From tips on grooming, to fitness and exercise—residents with traumatic brain injury 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 traumatic brain injury 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 traumatic brain injury
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 traumatic brain injury 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 traumatic brain injury can become self-determining adults, capable of competing—and winning—in the competitive workplace. Time and again, they prove us right.