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Florida Elks Children's Therapy Services
MISSION STATEMENT: The goal of Florida Elks Children's Therapy Services is to provide Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy to Florida children who do not have easy access to these services. These services shall be provided in the patient's home without regard to the ability to pay for such services. This program shall strive to render the highest quality services possible to this special population.
HISTORY: Since 1933 the Elks of Florida have dedicated themselves to serving children with special needs. During that year they founded the Harry-Anna Crippled Children's Home, a unique facility that offered free treatment to Florida children who suffered from orthopedic diseases and disabilities. During the next 66 years the name of the hospital changed several times and it occupied 3 different locations.
Now, after providing quality healthcare services free to tens of thousands of children, the ELKS decided to provide services in a different manner. Wanting to continue to serve children's needs, a new program of in home Physical and Occupational Therapy commenced on March 1, 1999 .
THERAPY PROGRAM: Florida Elks Children's Therapy Services provides in home physical and occupational therapy to Florida children in need of such services. This rehabilitation is necessary to be rendered in the home because of the absence of these services locally, or because of the patient being medically infirmed at home. Priority is given to children who do not have ready access to therapy as a result of financial considerations.
The therapists who render services are employed by the Florida Elks and are either OTs or PTs licensed to practice by the State of Florida. Upon receiving the patient application or referral, the therapist will arrange a home visit for evaluation purposes. If the patient is accepted into the program, a regular weekly home visitation schedule is established. Parents are required to be present so they can carry out treatments between visits by the therapist.
THE ADMISSION PROCESS: The first step in being considered for admission to the Florida Elks Children's Therapy Services program is to complete the application and return to the therapist serving the area where the patient lives. To obtain an application, contact the Elks lodge in your community, or call the program administrator at 1 800 523 1673 and request an application. As soon as the application is received, it will be reviewed in order to determine if the therapy program is appropriate for the patient's needs. The patient's family will be advised whether or not the patient is accepted into the program
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Neuro Developmental Treatment
- Sensory Training
Therapy services are provided for children to:
- facilitate normal development and stimulate learning
- decrease the effects of pathology through neurodevelopment and perceptual motor treatment
- improve motor developments
- promote independence
LENGTH OF SERVICE: Patients are seen until the therapy goals have been met and/or the child's needs can best be met in another way. Much time and effort on the part of the therapist is necessary to make this process a smooth transition for the child and family.