For a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to time pressures, payment sources, bed approval and more, many young adults from pediatric skilled nursing facilities are being discharged to adult nursing homes. Families are beginning to see that many of these adult nursing homes do not have experience with the young adult, special needs population and most do not have programming appropriate for these young adults. The results are devastating to the young adults. Not only are they no longer in a pediatric home they have known for years, but in many states they are also losing their education services. This shift in services is a drastic change to engagement, sensory stimulation, daily routine and overall recreation therapy interventions that are provided. How can Recreational Therapists become advocates for young adults transitioning to adult skilled nursing facilities?
-Bobbi Jo Pansier, CTRS, CCLS
Children’s Specialized Hospital
Toms River, NJ 08753