Bridges CAP/C Program and Hilltop Home Collaborate with “Money Follows The Person” To Make A Child’s Dream Come True

November 29, 2011 (Raleigh NC) — A child living with complex medical needs will be moving from her

L-R: Maria and her twin sister Nicole.

current residential placement back to her family’s home due to the collaborative efforts of RHA Howell’s Bridges Community Alternative Program for Children (CAP-C), Hilltop Home (a private, nonprofit residential center), and the North Carolina “Money Follows the Person” project.

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a state demonstration project that assists people who live in inpatient facilities to move into their own communities with supports. The project’s intent is to allow North Carolinians to have greater choice about where they receive their long-term supports.

This marks the first time that MFP has assisted in transitioning a child with complex medical needs back to her home through CAP-C. Much of the credit goes to Holly Lemieux, Executive Director of Hilltop Home, for recognizing that this particular child was ready to return home, and for getting CAP-C to assist in helping the family re-unite.

“This 18-month partnership with Hilltop Home and RHA Howell CAP/C has been a true labor of love,” Lemieux said. “After nine years, this family is realizing their dream of having Maria at home where she belongs. Many thanks to Lena Robertson, RHA Howell CAP/C case manager, for her advocacy in making this happen.”

The RHA Bridges staff has been working closely for months with Trish Farnham, Project Director, and Christy Blevins, Assistant Director for the MFP project, to make this family’s dream a reality.

“Our CAP-C professional team has been working diligently to identify the needs this child will have upon her discharge to ensure a seamless and successful transition back to home,” said John Gibbons, Director of Bridges CAP-C Case Management. “Our case managers also helped to organize home and vehicle modifications to make the environment ready for the child’s return home.”

The modifications included widening doorways, installing a ceiling lift to move Maria safely about the home, building an entry ramp, and modifying the family van to accommodate her wheelchair.

“It has been quite an undertaking for our case managers,” said Gibbons, “but one that has also been rewarding for all of us.”

MFP provided funding of $23,000 to help make this dream a reality. The funds were approved in advance to ensure that the needed modifications could be in working order prior to Maria’s discharge from Hilltop Home and before the effective date for her CAP-C services to begin.

For more information on North Carolina’s Money Follows The Person program: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dma/medicaid/MFP.htm.

About RHA Bridges:

RHA Bridges, a program within RHA Howell, Inc., serves as a “bridge” between families, needed services, the Department of Social Services, the Division of Medical Assistance, physicians, and therapists. CAP-C Bridges helps to coordinate the work of home health professionals who provide care for children with medically complex needs through age 21. For more information on the Bridges CAP-C Case Management program, visit www.rhabridges.com or call 919-803-2960.

About RHA Howell, Inc.:

RHA Howell is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for nearly 40 years. Integrity, high standards for quality and hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program. Proven leaders in caring for people, RHA Howell, Inc. is a pioneering force in the field of human services, particularly supporting infants and children. For more information, go to www.rhahowell.org.

RHA Bridges Program Wins Nurses Charity Challenge

CAP/C received the most online votes in December.  

 

January 13, 2011 (RALEIGH, NC) – Nurse Care of North Carolina, Inc. (NCNN) recently announced that the RHA Howell Bridges Community Alternative Program for Children (CAP/C) received the most votes out of 14 charities nominated in its December Charity Contribution Challenge. NCNN’s Gregg Miller presented the program with a check for $100.

 

NCNN’s Charity Contribution Challenge provides monthly donations to local charities and non-profit agencies. Each month, NCNN asks the public to nominate a charity and/or vote for the charities nominated through its website www.nursecarenc.com. The charity or non-profit with the most online votes wins the monthly contribution. In December, the winning non-profit was Bridges.

 

RHA Howell’s Bridges CAP/C program provides home and community-based services to medically fragile children under age 21 throughout North Carolina. It allows these children to stay at home with their families by creating a “bridge” between their families and the many services they need from physicians, therapist, and social services.

 

“I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Nurse Care of North Carolina’s Charity Challenge,” said John Gibbons, Director of Case Management for RHA Howell. “Thank you for making RHA Howell Bridges your favorite non-profit.”

 

For more information on RHA Howell Bridges, visit www.rhabridges.com.

 

Owned and operated by registered nurses, Nurse Care of North Carolina, Inc. provides registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants for temporary staffing in hospitals, nursing homes, specialty clinics and home health. For more information, including a link to the Charity Challenge, visit www.nursecarenc.com.

 

About Bridges, CAP/C:

 

RHA Howell Bridges CAP/C program provides home and community-based services to medically fragile children under age 21 in North Carolina. These children are at risk for long-term hospital care or nursing home care because of their medical needs. CAP/C provides in-home programs that allow them to stay at home with their families. Examples of those who may be eligible for CAP/C include children with ventilators, tracheostomies, feeding tubes, and those experiencing severe seizures. It is also available to children who need help with activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting when they not able to do or learn these tasks independently because of their medical needs. Bridges is a division of RHA Howell, Inc., a statewide non-profit that has been helping children and adults with disabilities for nearly 40 years. For more information visit www.rhahowell.org.

RHA Howell Launches New “Bridges” Website

February 11, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) – RHA Howell, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs and their families for more than 35 years, has launched a new website dedicated solely to its “Bridges” Community Alternative Program for Children (CAP/C) division: www.rhabridges.com.

CAP/C provides home and community based services to medically fragile children in North Carolina under age 18. These children are at risk for long-term hospital care or nursing home care because of their medical needs. CAP/C provides in-home programs that keep families together by allowing the children to stay at home and still receive the services they need.

RHA Howell Bridges is dedicated to creating a better quality of life for these children and their families by serving as a coordinator – or “bridge” — for the family to those services, from the Department of Social Services to physicians, therapists, and pediatric nurses. This allows the family to concentrate on their child rather the process of providing services for him or her.

The new website, designed by Nelson Bruner of eHosted.com, reflects the upbeat, positive personality of the Bridges mission. It’s bright, colorful and simple to use. “Kid-friendly” was the term guiding Bruner’s decisions.

“Most of my work is very corporate,” Bruner said. “So it was challenging – and fun —  to stretch the envelope, so to speak, to create something with a more whimsical, child-friendly ambience.”

The new website features various menus, clearly presented, that take users from the more serious aspects of CAP/C services – such as case management, therapy services, medical supplies, and even career opportunities in the industry – to a “Kids Art Gallery” and “Share Your Stories” page where parents and other care-givers can post items themselves.

The site intersperses color photographs of children and care-givers with simple, child-like illustrations. Bright, bold type plays up phrases such as “When your world is turned upside down, we are here to help” and “Do what you do best. Love your child.”

Links also take visitors to the main RHA Howell, Inc. website and to a news blog featuring all of RHA Howell’s news and events, including those specifically related to the Bridges division.

To see the new website and to learn more about RHA Howell Bridges, go to www.rhabridges.com.

For more information on RHA Howell, Inc., visit www.rhahowell.org.

About RHA Howell, Inc.:

RHA Howell is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for more than 35 years. Integrity, high standards for quality, hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program. Proven leaders in caring for people, RHA Howell, Inc. is a pioneering force in the field of human services, particularly supporting infants and children. For more information, go to www.rhahowell.org.