Cerebral Palsy is a group of disorders that affect muscle tone, posture, and movement as a result of damage to an infant’s developing brain, sometimes occurring before birth, and from factors such as bleeding in the brain, head injury, lack of oxygen, infection, or genetic disorders. Even though the damage to the brain doesn’t worsen with time, the symptoms can change with growth and new developmental phases. Cerebral Palsy can impact muscle tone, motor skills, swallowing, vision, communication, and comfort levels.
Home-based palliative care from Brades’ Place surrounds the patient and their family with medical and supportive services. By carefully monitoring the milestones of each child with cerebral palsy, we are able to anticipate their developmental needs and support them in early intervention enrollment. A multidisciplinary team of specialists (such as pulmonologists, orthopedists, and physiatrists) is needed to provide comprehensive care for the patient, and therapy services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy are needed to reach functional goals. Brades’ Place works to coordinate these various aspects of care to ensure the whole team is working together toward the same goals, which often include improvements to strength, coordination, communication, and comfort.