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Day Habilitation: Open Roads

Improving The Lives of Others


Day Habilitation services are therapeutic day services offered to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) whose ability to live in the community is at risk due to their medical or emotional-behavioral conditions.  As such, this is considered to be a healthcare service, which needs to be validated by an Individual’s physician, and is paid for throughthe person’s insurance (usually MA Health,  a One Care Program health organization, or a senior care organization).  Often times, participants in this service model are older adults or are younger people with chronic medical conditions requiring on going attention.

 “Habilitation” in this sense means providing services to help Individuals acquire or maintain independent living skills/capabilities.  The goal is to enable them to continue living in the community successfully while minimizing, or preventing altogether, the need for hospitalizations, skilled-nursing rehabilitation placements or other more restrictive services, which disrupt their normal routines and relationships within the community.  To accomplish this goal RTR’s Open Roads programs provide person-centered day habilitation service planning for each participant driven by our Interdisciplinary  Service Team consisting of Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Physical Therapists, Nurses and Behavior Therapists along with various professional assistants.  Services are primarily provided within the Open Roads program where a person participates in daily.  However, as a community-based service provider, RTR also attempts to integrate meaningful community participation as part of the programming wherever doing so advances the therapeutic goals for a given Individual.

 DIGNITY:  Participants are surrounded by caring staff who work collaboratively with the person’s family and other team members to provide compassionate, effective care.  The focus is on enhancing the Individual’s strengths while
gently addressing areas of weakness or risk as directed by the treatment team. 

CHOICE:  Each Open Roads program provides services within the structure of a core curriculum designed to follow-through on clinical goals while also affording each Individual with choice of activities throughout the day.  

RESPECT:  Individuals are involved as fully as possible in helping to create their goals and therapeutic activities.  We encourage self-advocacy and seek to create a respectful environment for all participants through the use of Positive Behavior Support strategies in all of our programs.

QUALITY:  RTR has been “Making Lives Better” for the people we serve since 1988.  To ensure we are meeting the highest service standards for our field we are accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  CARF is an internationally recognized organization whose accreditation is prestigious in the healthcare field.  We are proud to have achieved their highest level of accreditation:  their 3-year CARF-ASPIRE to Excellence award.