FAQ

Will my insurance pay for any of this?
Bon Secours Richmond Hope Therapy Center is pleased to announce that beginning January 1, 2013 we will be accepting most major insurance coverage including Medicaid. We know that this will bring financial relief to the majority of the families that we serve, and we are thankful that this is now becoming a reality.

In order to be able to become insurance providers we will be required to adjust our billing processes. We realize that this will affect families differently dependent upon insurance coverage and financial status. We assure you that we are dedicated to meeting the needs of each child and family. Bon Secours’ Financial Assistance Program helps uninsured patients who do not qualify for government-sponsored health insurance and cannot afford to pay for their medical care. Insured patients may also qualify for assistance, depending on family income, family size and medical needs. Another program that we offer for our uninsured patients and their families, including those families that have exhausted their insurance benefits, is the Community Service Adjustment, which provides an offset to the cost of health care and results in a reduction to the gross charge amounts. These programs reflect our ongoing commitment to the communities that we serve and our Mission to bring Good Help to Those in Need®.

Why should my child participate in intensive therapy?
We all feel that physical therapy is beneficial for our children. Most children who are seen in physical therapy are seen on a weekly basis. Quite often, this does not allow adequate time to focus on a specific need and really see improvements. Intensive therapy allows the therapist time to prepare a child for therapy, to hone in on specific targeted muscle groups, and strengthen with a specific functional goal in mind. With consecutive days in therapy, we are capitalizing on yesterday’s gains for today’s performance.

The TheraSuit is used as an exercise tool, an extension of a therapist’s arms. With only the standard positioning of the suit, we are able to achieve joint compression across many joints, particularly shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. This heightens the child’s sensory input and provides increased information to the brain regarding body position. The suit design also allows the therapist to make changes in inaccurate body alignment so that we can do strengthening exercises with the body in proper alignment.

Intensive therapy is also a great intervention when a child is trying to gain a new functional skill, or when a child has reached a plateau in traditional therapy, or after another intervention has been used (e.g., Botox injections) to maximize a child’s newly acquired range of motion.

Who is not eligible for intensive therapy?
Persons with any precaution/contraindication conditions listed below would need extra medical clearance to attend an intensive session. Please ask for specific details.

Precautions:

  • Heart conditions
  • Uncontrolled seizure activities
  • Hip subluxations
  • Hydrocephalus (VP shunt)
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney problems
  • High blood pressure

How can I find out more about intensive therapy?
Intensive therapy has been used for over 14 years in Europe. It came to practice in this country a few years ago. There are more than 70 clinics in the United States using a variety of suits but all relatively similar in philosophy. We have copies of published articles for your review if you are interested. Also, feel free to visit the following websites:
www.europeds.org
www.suittherapy.com

How old does my child have to be to participate?
Our customizable programs allow for children of all ages to be considered for both intensive and traditional therapy.

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