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Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare for Older Teens and Adults
Children who have complex conditions and disabilities often have needs that continue into adulthood. That’s why Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare offers services for our patients (age 16 and older) who have conditions that began during childhood and require lifelong specialty care. We are experts at treating the age-related effects of cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida and neuromuscular conditions.
Our facilities and services are designed specifically for our adult patients—and their families and caregivers. We offer an outpatient clinic (for ages 16 and older), an inpatient unit (for ages 18 – 40), and extensive services. Patients have access to specialty medical and surgical care, rehabilitation therapies, orthotics and prosthetics services, seating and adaptive equipment, and more.
Why Choose Gillette?
- We believe that people who have disabilities deserve a lifetime of excellent health care—from birth through adulthood.
- Our experts understand the age-related effects of conditions and disabilities that began during childhood.
- We offer facilities, technology and services designed specifically for your needs.
- Our pediatric and adult-focused providers collaborate to facilitate a smooth transition to adulthood and related health-care needs.
- We can continue Gillette’s tradition of excellent care throughout your life.
Patients and Conditions We Treat
Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare serves teens (16 and older) and adults who have conditions that began during childhood and require lifelong specialty care. We welcome new patients who have cerebral palsy, epilepsy, neuromuscular conditions (including muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy), polio, Rett syndrome and similar genetic conditions, and spina bifida. We also treat teens and young adults (age 16-22) who experience concussions and related neurotrauma.
Because Gillette providers are specialists and sub-specialists—not primary care providers—it’s important for our patients to have primary care providers or primary care clinics away from Gillette.
Many disabilities and complex conditions lead to age-related effects that we can address—or even prevent—with proper care and treatment. Our patients most often have the following conditions:
- Cerebral palsy
- Muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and other neuromuscular conditions
- Osteogenesis imperfecta
- Post-polio symptoms and effects
- Spina bifida
Because Gillette specializes in providers and services for people with childhood-onset disabilities, we do not treat conditions that develop during adulthood. Similarly, our focus does not include autism, the effects of childhood cancer, congenital heart disease, or issues related to Down syndrome.
For more information about the complex conditions we treat at Gillette, search Conditions and Care.
Our St. Paul – Phalen Clinic offers a full range of services for patients 16 and older. We offer appointments with medical and surgical specialists, rehabilitation therapists, assistive technology practitioners, and more. Our St. Paul Campus has an inpatient unit for our adult patients (ages 18 – 40) who might require orthopedic, urological, neurosurgical or plastic surgery procedures for complex medical issues.
Our medical, surgical and rehabilitation specialists provide evaluations and care for the complications associated with conditions that began in childhood. Our goal is to provide specialty services that work in conjunction with—and do not replace—our patients’ primary care.
Our adult patients have access to the following specialties and services for needs associated with their primary conditions:
- Craniofacial and plastic surgery (for craniofacial, hand and wound care related to complex conditions)
- General medicine (not as a substitute for primary care)
- Medical genetics and genetic counseling
- Neuropalliative care
- Nutrition and feeding
- Pulmonology and respiratory care
- Rehabilitation medicine
- Rehabilitation therapies
- Sleep medicine
- Social work
- Therapeutic recreation
Working in teams, our assistive technology service providers develop custom solutions to improve abilities, health and quality of life for our patients and for adults with other disabling conditions. We are experts at designing and making assistive technology and educating patients on its use.
Our assistive technology experts collaborate to provide:
- Evaluations for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices
- Computer access equipment and electronic aids to daily living
- Seating and mobility equipment
For more information about the services we provide at Gillette, search Conditions and Care.
Our Facilities and Technology
We designed our St. Paul – Phalen Clinic and our adult inpatient care unit to meet the unique needs of adults who have lifelong disabilities. The hallways, examination rooms and treatment spaces are large enough to maneuver wheelchairs easily. We can lift, transfer, weigh and otherwise accommodate adults who have a wide variety of physical and cognitive (thinking and learning) challenges.
Gillette’s transition social workers offer support, resources and counseling to help patients—and their families—as they transition from a pediatric model of care to an adult model of care.
Learn more about our transition services for teens and adults.
Locations of Service
Services vary by location. For all of our locations, visit Directions and Locations.