To monitor success and encourage progress at Pate, we’ve developed our own unique systematic assessment program called PERPOS (Pate Environmentally Relevant Program Outcome System). It accurately and precisely measures an individual’s distraction and structure tolerance. By understanding this tolerance, we are able to gradually increase the complexity of the environment to mimic an individual’s eventual real-world experiences.
Our on-staff clinical neuropsychologists—experts in brain functioning—are integral members of our interdisciplinary clinical teams, and are fundamental to the assessment and personalized plan development for each patient. They understand how the structure and function of the brain relates to specific psychological processes, like memory, critical thinking and judgment, and how those processes may affect behavior.
Our clinical neuropsychologists guide the assessment of progress, making sure each team member keeps the whole person in mind – including his or her interests, profession or work history, and hobbies—and adjusts the treatment plan for individual needs so that the person can thrive in the real world. We’ve provided some examples to showcase the importance of having these highly trained and experienced professionals on staff as an integral part of the patient’s therapy program.
Our process of evaluation begins with a thorough preliminary assessment of the patient to determine individual goals, and culminates in a plan that helps patients prepare for the next step in their lives, whether it’s transitioning into the workplace or moving home to live with family. Our comprehensive PERPOS assessment program ensures each patient receives the very best treatment and results. To this end, our approach is a phased one:
Phase 1: Preliminary Assessment
Every good relationship is built on trust and understanding—when a clinical liaison from Pate meets with a prospective patient and their family for the first time, that’s our primary focus. We will talk directly with the patient, his or her family, and any other appropriate professionals involved in the patient’s care. We will work to understand the patient’s needs, goals and expectations to design a realistic treatment plan. By getting to know the patient personally, we make an informed recommendation for placement into the appropriate treatment program and team. We then assemble the best team of specialists for each patient, making sure the family is an integral part of that team.
Phase 2: Evaluation
Using our PERPOS scale, our clinical team assesses each patient to determine his or her individual needs. Areas evaluated during the first week of treatment are speech, self-care, physical/motor and cognitive abilities, followed by a functional assessment of daily life skills.
Phase 3: Program Design
After the initial evaluation, the custom treatment plan is proposed. The first family conference is scheduled within the first seven to ten days of treatment. The plan is reviewed with all appropriate parties and their input is considered.
Phase 4: Continuing Improvement
At every step of the treatment program, we use our PERPOS scale to monitor progress. We then use those PERPOS scores as a guide for modifying the process as needed—so that every patient gets the appropriate therapies. Constant communication among members of the treatment team ensures accountability, while constant dialogue with the patient and family helps to keep everyone informed.
Phase 5: Discharge Planning
Discharge planning is an ongoing process that helps patients prepare for the next phase of their lives. During the treatment process, we’re constantly looking at what’s next—whether it’s a smooth transition into the workplace, a move home to live with family, or a move to live in a less restrictive environment. The patient and his or her family are an integral part of this process. With their involvement, planning for the future helps us develop a personalized plan throughout the recovery process.