DISABILITY-COMPETENT CARE

Disability-competent care is participant-centered, provided by an interdisciplinary team (IDT), and focused on achieving and supporting maximum function. It is intended to maintain health, wellness, and life in the community as the participant chooses. Disability-competent care recognizes and treats each individual as a whole person, not as a diagnosis or condition. The model, therefore, is structured to respond to the participant’s physical and clinical needs while considering his or her emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual needs.
Disability-competent care comprises all the care and services a person with disabilities needs to function with maximum independence and self-sufficiency at home and in the community. Central to providing disability-competent care is respecting a person’s “dignity of risk” (link to ‘dignity of risk” below) and the choices each person makes, reflected in the Individualized Care Plan (ICP),

The DCP model of disability competent care means that primary care team members work together to plan, coordinate, and deliver care with the individual and with all other provider

This model is based on a team of healthcare professionals whose job it is to listen to the choices and goals of the individual, and to provide the best possible care in a timely manner.  This includes home visits (at least every six months; more often if there is a significant change in health status); development of an Individualized Plan of Care (IPC), and care coordination and management via computerized health and medical records (that ideally can also be accessed by the member).  It also means that disability-competent episodic care will be available 24/7, with the goal of same day home visits for members as needed, to keep people as healthy and independent as possible for as long as possible.

VIDEO LINKS

  • Boston’s Community Medical Group Wins the Trout Premier Cares Award 

See some of BCMG’s members and providers in action

http://www.premierinc.com/about/mission/social-responsibility/cares/videos/10boston.jsp

  • House Calls

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2010/09/chronic-illness-commonwealth-care-disability/