United Rehabilitation Services offers a comprehensive range of programs and services
By Ginny McCabe
Max Boston lights up the room with his infectious smile and cheerful disposition. When his mom, Casey, was 24 weeks pregnant doctors discovered that he had an ultra-rare chromosome disorder with no other known documented cases.
“He’s been difficult to diagnose. We have more than 20 specialists that Max has been seen by. He also has some global developmental delays, both physically and mentally, so he’s very much behind the curve on what a typical child his age would be able to do. He can’t dress himself, he’s nonverbal and he can’t really sit unsupported for very long. He’s just recently learned to sit up,” says Casey Boston, Max’s mom.
Max receives physical, occupational and speech therapies while attending preschool at United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton at the Charles D. Berry Center.
“It’s really been extremely beneficial for our family to have all of those services available every day for Max and our comfort knowing that they know if something’s going wrong to call me. They have nurses there if something does happen…I feel comfortable they are going to keep him safe and they know when there’s an issue. And it’s alleviated the need for me to take long lunch breaks to take him to therapy on an outpatient basis,” says Casey.
Max, 5, was born with a heart murmur, a seizure disorder, vision and hearing impairments, sleep apnea and severe hypotonia and hyperlaxicity of his ligaments and tendons, affecting his gross and fine motor skills. He requires constant support with feeding, movement and personal care. About a year ago the Bostons were referred to URS by a family friend.
“The fact that we know families put their lives in our hands each day and the trust and confidence they have in the quality care we are able to provide, our ability to respond to their medical, social and emotional needs, it’s very rewarding to know that they truly trust us,” says Dennis Grant, executive director, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton at the Charles D. Berry Center.
United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton offers a wide range of programming and services for children, adults and seniors with developmental or acquired disabilities and other special needs, such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy and Alzheimer’s disease.
“We offer a full continuum of care for children and adults from birth through their senior years and that really encompasses everything from childcare to adult daycare and vocational training. We work with high school students and adults with disabilities in getting jobs in the community. We provide parent support for young families, and care-giver support for families of older clients we serve, and we have really focused on not just meeting the needs of the individuals who walk through our door each day but also on the lives of the people that they live with and their families,” Grant says.
With that approach, United Rehabilitation Services provides an array of comprehensive services, all under one roof. Since United Rehabilitation Services was founded in 1956 as the Dayton Chapter of United Cerebral Palsy the nonprofit has impacted the lives of thousands of individuals and their families by continually expanding the scope of services to meet the needs of the Greater Dayton community. United Rehabilitation Services focuses on increasing skills, enhancing functional abilities and maximizing the level of independence of those they serve.
Services at United Rehabilitation Services include expanded childcare services with 5-Star Rated early childhood education and school-age programs for children with and without special needs, ages 6 weeks through 17 years to socially engaging programs for adults and seniors with art, music, gardening, fitness, cultural and community-inclusion opportunities, among others. Each day, United Rehabilitation Services interacts with more than 400 children, adults and seniors from the Miami Valley.
“That’s really what our vision statement tried to capture, first to help them become as independent as possible, advocate for them in the community, and teach them to be their own best, self-advocate, and to support their families in that same process,” he says.
Celebrating 62 years of service to the community, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton recently completed a $6 million expansion of its facility at 4710 Old Troy Pike, which has allowed the organization to increase its capacity by 55 percent and improve the quality of programming and services for youth and adults. For example, the project allowed United Rehabilitation Services to expand the center’s kitchen and client restrooms, to construct a new gymnasium for indoor recreation programs and add a laundry center to enhance the vocational training program, to name a few.