Brandon joined Community Connections for Independent Living (CCFIL) in 2015 after being involved in a serious car accident and sustaining a traumatic brain injury. When asked about his initial expectations of the program, Brandon stated, “I...Read My Story
We’re willing to go the extra mile to make sure our residents feel good about themselves.
We respect our residents’ dignity and autonomy. That’s why all of CCFIL’s treatment plans are individualized. Instead of telling a new resident what our program includes, we take the time to discuss with them what they are interested in, what their goals are, and how we can help them. We realize catering to our residents’ individual needs is different, but it’s why our programming has been so successful.
Our rehabilitation plans hinge on two main elements: positive behavioral support programing and community-based experiences. We believe positive behavioral support is the best way to help residents learn how to assume responsibility for their health and specific needs.
We also use community-based experiences as a way of providing our residents with real-world based cognitive rehabilitation that will help them reintegrate back into their home community.
Together our cognitive programs, positive behavior supports, and learning approach to prosocial skills truly is what sets us apart.
Comprehensive Assessment Upon Admission
Upon admission, each resident is evaluated by our occupational therapists through formal assessments, observations, and interviews to establish performance within the areas of activities of daily living, memory and attention, social adjustment, and safety.
Occupational Therapy Services
Our occupational therapy services are the foundation of all our programming — from the initial assessment of each resident through — the continuous monitoring of their program goals and objectives. All residents receive therapy routinely and on a scheduled basis. Our occupational therapists also facilitate our peer support groups and our supported employment program.
Individualized Rehabilitation Plans
CCFIL individualized rehabilitation plans and programming are developed through our one-to-one occupational therapy services which are offered to each resident. Each resident is provided with a lead occupational therapist to establish and oversee programming goals and objectives unique to meeting their needs. We provide licensed nursing staff to assist our residents with medication management as well as support services for any medical issues that may require assistance.
Resident Specific Supervision
We respect the autonomy and personal space of our residents. Each resident is assessed individually upon admission to determine the supervision required that allows them to live in the least restrictive environment possible. We have found this approach gives our residents the best opportunity for optimal progression in their rehabilitation toward independence.
Family Support Services
Our family support services welcome our residents’ family members' involvement in their rehabilitation. We are distinctive in accepting spouses and children of residents into our program. Additionally, we have a child development specialist on staff. Our child development specialist has proven to be invaluable in providing parenting in-services, exploring community family resources, and assisting in appropriate school placement of our residents’ children.
Educational/GED Tutorial Services
As many of our residents’ progress in their rehabilitation, going back to school to complete a high school diploma or a college degree becomes a realistic goal. Our educational support staff — made up of certified special education and general education teachers — assist in making those educational goals achievable through our one-to-one tutorial services.
Peer Support Groups
Although our supported independent living program is occupational therapy centered and clinically based, we provide our residents the chance to meet with other residents to share their experiences and support one another. This opportunity has given our residents a valuable therapeutic venue to further facilitate a successful rehabilitation. Our peer support groups include a Men’s Club, Women’s Club, Walking Club, Iron Chef Club, CC Cares and various community outings.
Recreational Outings & Community Social Opportunities
We offer recreational outings and community social opportunities to help our residents improve their prosocial skills and to have fun interacting with their community at the same time. All the activities selected are suggested and chosen by our residents. This aligns with our program philosophy of being choice-driven and respectful of each person’s autonomy.
Previous outings and social opportunities have included:
- Going to Tigers Games
- Going Fishing
- Getting Manicures & Pedicures
- Doing a Karaoke Night
- Going to Concerts
- Going to Canterbury Village
- Going to Greenfield Village
- Going to Museums
- Going to the Detroit & Toledo Zoos
Transportation is a component of our program that is not to be undervalued. It is more than transporting our residents from place to place. It is really a time to build trusting relationships through listening and respectful dialogue. Our transportation is provided by all our staff members with our own fleet of vehicles.
We’re committed to supporting our residents in every way possible. This means that if needed, Community Connections will ensure that other therapies, outside of our services, are provided on a fee for service basis, such as:
- Physical Therapy
- Speech/Language Pathology
Our staff looks at our residents as a whole person, not just their injuries.
The CCFIL staff is committed to finding activities that work with their rehabilitation plan instead of making them participate in pre-set activities just to keep them busy.
Our program is anything, but rigid. If something works for one of our residents, we will often try it with the next. However, if it doesn’t work for them, we come up with a new game plan. Together, our staff is always looking for new things for our residents to be involved in.
We believe in letting residents figure out for themselves what they need and will continually reevaluate to make sure they always stay on the path of progress. No matter what, we always approach their deficits with compassion and work as an entire team to help them come to terms with where they are at on their journey to recovery.
At the end of the day, we will do what it takes to help our residents build the confidence they need to continue to move forward.
An Individualized rehabilitation program (IRP) addressing 5 life domains, cognition, and prosocial skills.
A professional, experienced staff that includes a program director, medical director, registered nurses, occupational therapist, and social worker
At a minimum 8-10 hours of professional staff contact per month to provide ongoing support and development of IRP goals and to evaluate the residence progress.
At a minimum, 6-8 hours of contact with community connections rehabilitation coaching staff per week to monitor and support IRP. These sessions are 1 on 1 between the resident and staff member.
At a minimum, 2-3 hours per week of structured functional training sessions under the direction of the program director or occupational therapist to address identified functional deficits, in the areas of:
- Information Processing
- Visual Processing
- Memory, Attention and Executive Functioning
- 2 to 4 recreational and social opportunities per month at request of the residents.
- Job Placement Support and Job Coaching, at the request of the resident.
- Scheduled Team Meetings
- Bi-Monthly Progress Reports
- A furnished apartment
- 24-hour gated security
- All utilities
- Land line phone
- Cell phone for off-site communication
*Additional professional therapies, if needed, will be provided by Community
Connections on a fee for service basis.
Improved quality of life is our set standard; we won’t settle for anything less.
Together, staff and residents, work to improve their quality of life.
We realize once someone has experienced a traumatic brain injury, they cannot recover all that they originally had, but they can still be happy and have a successful life. So far, we have a good track record helping all our residents get there.
In a nutshell, our promise is to give all our residents a semblance of their life back and help them become a part of their community again.
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