Providing affordable, year-round access to evidence-based adaptive exercise and rehabilitation programs.
At some point, we will all have a physical disability or have a close family member with one.
Right now, this population is sick, isolated, and losing hope. They have too many barriers to physical activity.
Plus, insurance has time limits, so they can’t improve movement or get better.
Our healthcare system isn’t designed to help us reach optimal recovery or realize our potential.
When doctors say you’ve plateaued, we prove otherwise. Before MWH, clients spend 2 to 10 years in unproductive therapy settings.
MWH applies newfound research using our decades of experience. Our results are life-changing.
Science proves everyone gets stronger by moving. People with physical disabilities just need the right equipment ─ plus lots of time.
As Christopher Reeve said in his last speech, “The idea is finally catching hold that rehab on its own can help people recover.”
MWH provides a Continuum of Care. We have skilled PT, OT, and ST. But, many of our programs work outside of insurance.
We get the right tools, the right tech, and the right people. Plus, MWH connects all stakeholders to give care in one spot. This saves time and money for everyone.
We also offer financial aid and other supports ─ social groups, skills and job training, and more.
Simply put, MWH makes people happier, healthier, and more independent.
A Continuum of Care
What does it take for a person with a physical disability to always be getting better? Our Continuum of Care model means support for people at every step of post-acute recovery.
It begins with the clients we serve.
Every person’s experience and life is unique. We work with each client and their caregivers to develop a plan tailored to their needs, goals, and budget.
What is our Continuum of Care?
Everyone needs physical activity for good health.
That’s why we start by making regular movement possible with our sliding scale fee. Every client gets 6+ hours of exercise, rehab, and other support strategies each week. Most come year-round.
As clients regain strength, many learn how to use assistive technology. This helps all of us accomplish more. For clients, it facilitates their ability to learn, participate, and thrive in today's digital world.
Nationwide, we are the only organization that gives this level of support. MWH is flipping the script and transforming lives.
We empower people in their journey towards health, independence, and happiness ― whether it be long-term care, managing a chronic illness, or support after acute care or injury.
Steps Towards Self-Sufficiency
Our goal is for clients to always be improving their own lives. We support goals, remove barriers, and build the foundation to make this possible.
Movement is fundamental. We give clients full access to rehab and exercise all year:
- PT, OT, and ST are paid with private or federal insurance or through financial aid
- All other services are paid with a private pay sliding scale fee, always $0 to $55 per hour
This is an industry low pricing ― comparable clinics charge $100+ per hour.
We provide resources, tools, and tech so clients feel secure and connected:
- Wheelchairs, gear, and other medical necessities
- Assistive technology
- Reliable transportation
- Orthotic and wheelchair repair
We help clients plan their path forward, and support them with hope and joy along the way:
- Mentoring and counseling
- Social groups and events
- Skills training
- Job placement assistance
Our adaptive exercise programs support the health and wellness goals of clients.
What is adaptive exercise?
Adaptive exercise is exercise that is adapted or modified for people living with disabilities. The adaptations help people living with disabilities achieve the same outcomes, such as improved flexibility, strength, or endurance.
Sometimes, special gear is used. More often, equipment found in a typical gym is used.
Our adaptive exercise programs include:
- Weightlifting and Conditioning
- Flexibility and Balance
- Wheelchair Yoga
Clients and guests always exercise with the support or supervision of 1-2 trained staff members.
Adaptive exercise strengthens muscles, bones, and joints that are functional. It does not treat or improve injury or illness.
In your wheelchair:
Adaptive exercise is often performed in the safety of your wheelchair or with the devices you use at home. Adaptive sporting events, like the Paralympics, follow this same principal.
Classes and group fitness:
Adaptive exercise is fun and for everyone. Friends, family, and the public can sign up through our Integrated Wellness Service.
“In my 36 years as an RN, I didn’t know PT and OT were so limited for people living with physical disabilities. Then, I had a stroke. I lost 6 years of my life. My therapy benefits were so short that I never got better.
I’m stronger now, and just passed my nursing refresher courses. I’ll be working as a telenurse next summer. . . but I’ll always be Moving With H.O.P.E.”
— Mary, Moving With H.O.P.E. since 2017
Also called skilled therapy, this kind of rehab is an essential part of every recovery.
Skilled therapists can evaluate and treat injuries of the muscles, bones, joints, and nervous system.
Who provides skilled therapy?
Licensed physical, occupational, or speech/language therapists provide this care.
What are the limits of skilled therapy?
About 1 month after a disabling event, insurance drops dramatically.
Therapy benefits return to about 25 visits per year ― 30 to 60 minutes each.
Nationwide, extra skilled therapy costs $150+ per hour.
In your wheelchair:
All skilled therapists ― at MWH and elsewhere ― keep you in your wheelchair.
Why? One wheelchair transfer uses about 10 minutes of a 30 to 60-minute benefit.
How does MWH help clients get more skilled therapy?
Low-income clients can qualify.
Rehab Outside Insurance:
Insurance will only cover more skilled therapy only if the client is making significant progress.
Progress takes time.
Our programs outside of insurance makes this possible.
These programs supplement skilled therapy. It is not PT, OT, or ST. Insurance doesn’t cover the cost.
Who provides rehab outside insurance?
Trained CNAs, PCAs, and EMTs work with clients. They are supervised by a licensed healthcare professional such as a PT or RN.
Do MDs, PTs, OTs, and other skilled professionals have input?
Yes, our staff collaborates with each client’s medical team. We design a complimentary program, building on the treatment plan of skilled professionals. We track and report progress using simple metrics.
Where are these rehab programs from?
All therapies are evidence-based, developed in places like Norway, Israel, and by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Why won’t my insurance pay for these programs?
These programs require 6+ hours each week, often year round ― well beyond what is offered by any insurance plan.
Why do these programs work so well?
We use 4-5 evidence-based movements.
Practice makes perfect.
Lots of time:
Clients get 6+ hours per week, often year-round.
We get your body moving and build strength.
Great tools, tech, and people:
We have it all.
Three Key Areas
By leveraging all types of therapy, MWH can offer clients 6+ hours of evidence-based rehab every week, year-round, in 3 key areas:
- Mobility & Physical Functions
- Activities of Daily Living
- Communication, Learning, & Socialization
Mobility & Physical Functions
Physical Therapy (PT) is used to improve a client’s physical functions through examination, diagnosis, and rehabilitation. Our team can address conditions including orthopedic injuries, neck and back pain, neurological injuries, and balance.
Activity-Based Restorative Therapy (ABRT) at MWH works to reactivate and reorganize the central nervous and muscular system to improve mobility and functionality. Over many months, ABRT minimizes clients' compensatory strategies. For example, ABRT helps people transition from a walker to single point cane.
ABRT has 3 simple principles for successful outcomes:
- Maximize weight bearing onto the legs
- Optimize verbal and tactile cues
- Optimize speed of movements
We also offer Exercise Therapy and Massage Therapy programs.
Activities of Daily Living
Occupational Therapy (OT) is often needed to get clients back to performing their daily duties with more independence. We help clients with skills such as dressing themselves, using tools, bathing, and cooking.
Independent Living Skills Training (ILST) at MWH is a real-world application of ABRT, Exercise Therapy, and Adaptive Exercise. We maximize movements towards more independence:
- Sitting, standing, and pivoting onto chairs, toilets, and beds
- Walking independently
- Getting down onto or up from the floor independently
- Toileting, bathing, dressing, and using tools
We have a locker room!
We have a roll-in accessible shower with adult changing table and personal lockers for client use and training. Outside of MWH, this feature is available only in nursing homes and hospitals.
Communication, Learning, & Socialization
Speech-Language Therapy (ST) aids a client's ability to talk, eat, and swallow safely. Our team can help strengthen the muscles in the face, mouth, and throat. We also help clients improve memory, problem-solving, safety awareness, attention, and language.
Cognitive and Language Programing at MWH is designed to help clients improve their thinking and communication skills. We use computer-based learning program, assistive technology, and 1:1 tutoring to teach and reinforce:
- Cognitive Functioning
- Speaking, Writing, and Typing
- Social Emotional Learning