A Day At Cassell
A purpose to everyday life is found here. Earning a paycheck and spending the day producing valuable work creates a sense of independence and meaning that every person deserves to feel.
Every survivor’s experience here is unique, and each is actively involved in choosing how to spend their time. Recovery is an ongoing process. Staff and therapists offer guidance and support while also allowing survivors the autonomy they need to feel a sense of pride.
Laura sustained a significant brain injury in an auto accident. She has brittle type 1 diabetes and uses a walker to ambulate. Staff assists her in managing daily activities. While her work speed/productivity is 18 percent of an average adult’s, her accuracy is consistently 100 percent. Her heart and gumption persevere on a daily basis. An example schedule that she has chosen for herself involves:
9:00 Fitness Program: Laura starts her day on the Nu-Step recumbent stepping machine. Our Fitness Program Manager works closely with her and the rehabilitation team to assure that Laura’s fitness needs meet her physician’s instructions.
9:30 Computer Room: Laura produces mailing address labels on computer. The typeface and letters on her keyboard are enlarged to help compensate for her visual limitations.
10:30 Coffee/Snack Break: Socializing with coworkers and some down-time offers a brief respite from work. This time remains supervised by staff at a 1:3 staff to client ratio that encourages healthy, happy break time conversation and activities.
10:45 Computer Room: Laura returns to mailing address label work.
11:00 Able Works: In a group setting, Laura participates in the discussion of the day during the Reality Orientation Meeting in Able Works Program.
11:30 Blood Sugar Reading: Laura’s diabetes in monitored, and if necessary, proper insulin dosage is administered by trained staff.
12:00 Lunch: Laura’s lunch time is spent eating and socializing. A 1:3 staff to client ratio that encourages healthy, happy break time conversation and activities.
12:30 Store: Laura works as part of a team in her role as clerk in Cassell & Associates’ onsite store, greeting and assisting customers, helping calculate total purchase prices, providing change, and tracking purchases for inventory. (Checkout the online store here)
1:00 Main Office: Laura works on various tasks as all survivors at Cassell do: according to their ability levels. This may include assembly, labeling, and/or packaging of various products contracted through Cassell & Associates’ business clients.
1:30 Ceramics Group: Experienced staff assists and encourages Laura in sketching designs, painting, and glazing ceramic items which are for sale in onsite and online gift shops.
2:30 Coffee/Snack Break Socializing with coworkers and some down-time offers a brief respite from work. This time remains supervised by staff at a 1:3 staff to client ratio that encourages healthy, happy break time conversation and activities.
2:45 Blood Sugar Reading
3:00 Paint Group: Experienced staff assists and encourages Laura in creating high-quality paintings as part of her paid work at Cassell. The art is placed for sale in onsite and online gift shops.
3:30 Departure: Laura’s transportation arrives and staff assists with her departure.
Alex experienced a severe traumatic brain injury, and though he ambulates independently, has residual cognitive challenges. His productivity averages 36 percent, and just like Laura, his accuracy is nearly always perfect. He thrives in a structured, guided environment full of praise for a job well-done. A day at Cassell for Alex includes:
8:45 Building 2 Store: Alex arrives at Cassell & Associates and promptly goes to Building 2 to retrieve the onsite store cash deposit from conclusion of previous business day from the cash register. Staff supervises transition between buildings and Alex submits the deposit to designated manager in Building 1.
9:00 Main Office: Alex works on therapeutic tasks that promote integrated use of bilateral upper extremities in Main Office work area. This may include assembly, labeling, and/or packaging of various products contracted through Cassell & Associates’ business clients.
9:30 Store: Alex works independently as a clerk in Cassell & Associates’ onsite store to greet and assist customers, calculate total purchase prices, provide change, and track purchases for inventory.
10:30 Coffee/Snack Break: Socializing with coworkers during a brief respite from work area. Staff shares the same break time and provides therapeutic camaraderie.
10:45 Main Office: Alex returns to Main Office work tasks.
12:00 Lunch: Socializing with staff and coworkers and eating a midday meal brought from home or purchased in the onsite store.
12:30 Community Based Work Enclave: Alex participates in community enclave as an activities assistant at Adult Day Program in Livonia, Michigan. Job Coach transports Alex and others in a Cassell & Associates vehicle and provides supervision in this community setting. Staff to client ratio is 1:3.
3:10 Main Office: Alex returns to Main Office work area.
3:30 Departure: Alex’s transportation arrives and staff assists with his departure.