Health Issues

DPAC is a not a medical facility. Consumers who are non-ambulatory and/or have chronic/stable medical challenges are eligible for services.  However, if the consumer has medical needs which require the presence of licensed medical staff, they are not appropriate for this program. Participants in DPAC’s program must be able to safely self-administer all medications.

If a participant must take medication during program hours, DPAC must receive a separate
prescription that can be monitored and refilled when needed. Only medications prescribed by the participant’s physician are given. All medications are labeled and stored according to the label instructions in a locked cabinet.

All medications are labeled to identify contents (drug names, strength, date filled, expiration date, number of refills, instructions and quantity) the consumer who the prescription is written for and the physician’s name. Over the counter drugs are not dispensed without a physician’s order. If a physician requests an over-the-counter drug for a Consumer the doctor must give a prescription for the medication.

First Aid/CPR
All staff are certified in Adult First Aid and CPR. Each program consumer will receive necessary first aid service and other urgent needed medical services. In case of an emergency, program staff will call “9-1-1″ for emergency assistance, assess the situation, and provide first aid until the paramedics or other medical personnel arrive on scene.

The Instructional staff report to the Project Director or Lead Teachers any consumers with obvious signs of illness, so that their home may be notified and arrangements to pick them up can be made.

The program does not have the ability to support a consumer who is sick and the family and/or caregivers need to make immediate arrangements to pick them up within 30 minutes of contact. DPAC does provide a bed and a quiet area for consumers who need to rest.