“The review team saw very good medical documentation and felt that all individuals are supported to live safe and healthy lifestyles. LSI has a well-developed tracking system to ensure individuals’ needs are met timely with all special care procedures and trainings monitored on this system.”
Vermont State Quality Assurance Review
Caring, supporting and empowering the complete individual is at the forefront of Lincoln Street’s Health & Wellness commitment, be it through medical coordination, nutrition education, social skill building, or psychiatric services.
Each LSI team has access to experienced and thoughtful agency nurses who provide health education and consultation to teams. Our nurses are also available to assist in coordinating medical consultations with physicians and specialists as needed.
Our nurses and staff recognize that everyone communicates pain and discomfort in their own unique ways. By knowing the individuals well and having long term teams we can often quickly identify an issue before it becomes a full-fledged medical concern.
LSI nursing coordination provides:
- Continual monitoring of medical challenges such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, dementia, and compassionate end-of-life-care,
- Locating and facilitating medical services with skilled specialty providers,
- Assessment, development and training of Special Care Procedures,
- And, education and training on specific medical and developmental syndromes, procedures and current best practices.
In addition to direct medical care and consultation, LSI nurses provide referrals to community health services, design individual education programs, such as learning to independently take medication or assuming responsibility for one’s own health care needs, and provide group health-oriented educational opportunities.
LSI Psychiatric Services are provided by our Medical Director, who is one of Vermont’s recognized experts in the field of intellectual disabilities. The LSI Medical Director provides supportive understanding and medication consultation.
LSI recognizes that individuals with intellectual disabilities often have co-occurring psychiatric issues that may not originate from their disability, and concerns such as depression and anxiety may occur even more frequently than in the general population.
Our Psychiatric Services follow the same team and family partnership approach as all LSI programs and services. We believe in a global approach to evaluating all possible causes prior to the introduction of medication.
Education & Skill Building
Building a safe and empowering environment begins with education and training, be it for staff, home providers, or individuals and their natural families. Education and training opportunities include:
- Medication administration,
- Basic First Aid, CPR, OSHA Universal Precautions,
- and, social skills and sexuality education.
At LSI, our focus on health and wellness reflects our commitment to supporting the whole person in order to enjoy healthy living.