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Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare for Older Teens and Adults
The health care needs of children who have disabilities and complex conditions often extend into adulthood. That’s why Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare offers services for people 16 and older who meet certain criteria.
Gillette Lifetime is designed specifically for our adult patients, their families and their caregivers. We offer an outpatient clinic (for patients 16 and older) and access to an inpatient unit (for patients 18 – 40). Patients at Gillette Lifetime have access to specialty medical and surgical care, rehabilitation therapies, orthotics and prosthetics services, seating and adaptive equipment, and more.
In addition, as people who have disabilities approach adulthood, they and their families face significant decisions regarding legal, medical, vocational, educational and independent-living issues. That’s why we offer our Transition Clinic for Gillette patients who are approaching adulthood and who have the conditions we treat at Gillette Lifetime.
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 on smooth transitions to an adult-focused model of care.
- We can help patients and families find resources for addressing the decisions and changes that adults who have disabilities face.
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. Many disabilities and complex conditions lead to age-related effects that we can address—or even prevent—with proper care and treatment. Gillette Lifetime sees patients with the following conditions:
- Cerebral palsy
- Complex movement disorders ((associated with a condition that began in childhood)
- Neuromuscular conditions (including Becker muscular dystrophy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, spinal muscular atrophy and similar genetically determined conditions)
- Post-polio symptoms and effects
- Rett syndrome and similar genetic conditions
- Spina bifida
- Traumatic brain injury (sustained before age 8)
Because we specialize in providers and services for people with childhood-onset disabilities, Gillette Lifetime does not treat conditions that develop during adulthood.
As children who have disabilities grow older, they need health care appropriate to an adult body. We support patients who need specialty health care as they move from Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare to Gillette Lifetime or another adult health care environment. Because Gillette providers are specialists and subspecialists—not primary care providers—it’s important for our patients to have primary care providers or primary care clinics away from Gillette.
For more information about the complex conditions we treat at Gillette, search Conditions and Care.
Gillette Lifetime 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.
Gillette Lifetime patients have access to the following specialties and services for needs associated with their primary conditions:
- Assistive technology
- 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
- Skin integrity and pressure wounds
- Sleep medicine
- Social work
- Therapeutic recreation
Working in teams, our assistive technology service providers develop custom solutions to improve the abilities, health and quality of life for adults who have disabling conditions. We are experts at designing and making assistive technology equipment 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 Gillette Lifetime 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 Lifetime shares a medical records system with Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. That allows providers at Gillette Lifetime access to all the information they need to continue caring for Gillette patients as they move to adulthood. Because some of our pediatric specialists also have training in adult care, patients who came to Gillette as children might see some of their childhood providers at Gillette Lifetime.
Our Transition Services
When we talk about transition services at Gillette, we’re referring to the ways in which we support our patients and families as they move from pediatric to adult health care—and to adulthood in general.
The first step to accessing our transition services and other care at Gillette Lifetime is often to make an appointment at our Transition Clinic.
About the Transition Clinic
Our Transition Clinic sees Gillette patients 16 and older who are eligible for care at Gillette Lifetime. We encourage patients to bring a parent or other caregiver to the appointment. Together, our staff works with patients and families to create a health care plan specific to each patient’s needs. Goals include:
- Helping patients manage their medical conditions to the best of their ability
- Providing education and resources connected with legal, medical and independent living topics
Appointments for the Transition Clinic take place at Gillette Lifetime. Patients and families meet with nursing staff and an advanced practice registered nurse, certified nurse practitioner for about two hours. During that time, patients get:
- A tour of Gillette Lifetime
- An assessment of their skills
- A thorough review of their medical history, including an easily accessible summary for future health care providers
- An individual transition plan with specific goals based on their hopes and requirements
As needed, we provide patients with referrals or access to specialty health care providers, psychologists and social workers at Gillette Lifetime. We can give advice about finding a primary care provider for adults. And we’ll direct patients to places where they can gain specific skills, receive training and gather other information.
Locations of Service
Services vary by location. For all of our locations, visit Directions and Locations.
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