Professional support for hospitals and healthcare settings
Bancroft recognizes that behaviors and symptoms of autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities present challenges when it comes to accessing or administering medical care.
By minimizing or managing the behaviors and symptoms, patients can get the care they need while hospitals and healthcare facilities can provide proper treatment in a timely manner. Beyond quick response to emergent service needs, Bancroft clinicians will also prescribe a behavior plan, lead or assist with its execution and participate in discharge planning.
Medical professionals and families with loved ones that have a disability often struggle to provide timely and effective medical treatments in a hospital setting.
Medical assessment, testing and treatment is often difficult to administer due to behaviors associated with some of the following:
- Self-Injurious Behaviors
- Intellectual/Developmental Disability
- Traumatic/Acquired Brain Injury
- Property Destruction
- Communication Disorder
- Aggressive Behaviors
Through an innovative program, hospitals and healthcare facilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware contract with Bancroft to place Bancroft behavior analysts and support personnel into the hospital or healthcare setting.
Hospitals rely on Bancroft to provide services and expertise on a 24/7/365 basis to de-escalate and support individuals who need medical care.
- Functional Behavior Assessment
- Treatment and Discharge Plan Development
- Direct Care Staffing
- Case Consultation & Supervision
- Clinical Training
- Neurological Evaluation
- Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy
After a Brain Injury: From Isolation to Independence
A male patient who sustained a traumatic brain injury was exhibiting severe aggression and cognitive changes post-acute treatment at Virtua Hospital. His behaviors prohibited him from participating in a discharge plan and his medical team knew he could benefit from cognitive rehabilitation, but could not identify an appropriate discharge site with the expertise to handle his aggressive behavior.
The patient lived in a hospital bed for more than a year without any private space, personal belongings or family nearby. His care team discovered Bancroft’s Healthcare Solutions program, which brought an interdisciplinary team of neuropsychologists, cognitive therapists and behavior therapists to Virtua. Beginning with a neuropsychological evaluation, the team developed and then implemented an individualized therapy plan. After only a few weeks, the patient was able to enjoy gradual exposure in the community, and soon after, moved into an independent life in a Bancroft residence.
A team of Bancroft cognitive and behavioral specialists continue to work with the patient, who is back to pursuing his favorite pastimes as he continues to recover from his injuries.