As children who have disabilities grow older, they need health care appropriate for their complex conditions. Many of these conditions lead to age-related effects that can be managed—or even prevented—with proper care and treatment. Gillette's adult services clinic serves teens and adults who have conditions that began during childhood and require lifelong specialty care.
Whether you’re a teen or adult who has a disability or the parent of a teen or adult child, you can trust our expertise in treating the age-related effects of cerebral palsy, spina bifida, neuromuscular conditions and other disorders.
We offer adult disability services for you or your family member. We’re with you every step of the way as you make the transition from pediatric care at Gillette Children’s to adult care at Gillette—or to another adult health care environment.
We offer an outpatient clinic (for teens 16 and older) and access to an inpatient unit on our St. Paul Campus for adults 18 – 40 who might require orthopedic, urological, neurosurgical or plastic surgery procedures for complex medical issues.
Conditions Treated at Gillette's Adult Services Clinic
Because we specialize in services for people who have childhood-onset disabilities, Gillette adult services providers don’t treat conditions that develop during adulthood.
Additionally, it’s important that you or your adult child have a primary care provider and clinic, as our specialists don’t offer primary care.
We offer care for teens and adults who have the following conditions:
- Cerebral palsy.
- Spina bifida.
- Neuromuscular conditions, including:
- Complex movement disorders (associated with a condition that began in childhood).
- Post-polio symptoms and effects.
- Rett syndrome and similar genetic conditions.
- Traumatic brain injury (sustained before age 8).
Adult Services at Gillette
If you have a lifelong disability, you’ll receive care for your unique needs at our specially designed facilities, as well as in our adult inpatient care unit. Our hallways, examination rooms and treatment spaces are large enough for comfortable wheelchair use. We can also lift, transfer, weigh and otherwise accommodate adults who have a wide variety of cognitive (thinking and learning) and physical challenges.
Gillette's adult services clinic offers appointments with medical and surgical specialists, rehabilitation therapists and more. Often-used specialty services include:
- Medical genetics and genetic counseling.
- Neuropalliative care.
- Nutrition and feeding.
- Pulmonology and respiratory care.
- Rehabilitation medicine.
- Skin integrity and pressure injuries.
- Sleep medicine.
- Social work.
- Therapeutic recreation.
Orthotics, Prosthetics and Seating
Working in teams, our orthotics, prosthetics and seating service providers develop custom solutions to improve the abilities, health and quality of life for people who have disabilities. You or your adult child will have orthotics, prosthetics and seating equipment designed and built just for them, and will learn how to use it.
Your family might work with orthotics, prosthetics and seating experts to provide:
- Evaluations for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices.
- Computer access equipment and electronic aids to daily living.
- Braces (also known as orthoses).
- Artificial limbs (also known as prostheses).
- Seating and mobility equipment.
We share a medical records system with Gillette Children’s. This shared system gives our providers access to all the information they need to continue caring for your child as they move to adulthood.
Because some of our pediatric specialists also have training in adult care, your child might see some of their childhood providers at Gillette's adult clinic.
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