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Swann Special Care Center, a non-profit organization located in Champaign, Illinois, provides compassionate care for persons with severe and profound intellectual disabilities through our residential nursing care program, adult day training program and our accredited non public school.
Quality and excellence are fundamental to our services in both our residential and educational programs. Our school provides year-round educational services with Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) while our Day Training Services provide high-quality training focusing on active treatment and therapeutic interventions to engage each individual in their environment. We invite you to visit us today at Swann Special Care Center!
Highly skilled nursing staff
Rehabilitative programs including skilled care, art therapy, day training and more
Accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education
Letter From the Executive Director
Welcome to Swann Special Care Center,
At Swann providing exceptional care is our passion and has been since 1975. Our professional, caring staff treat each resident individually and are dedicated to providing an environment that promotes health, independence and maximum quality of life.
I joined Swann in 1989 as the receptionist, moved into the bookkeeping position in 1993, then served as the Assistant Administrator in 2004. In 2009, I was named the Executive Director at Swann Special Care Center. Over the years, I have been able to witness the loving care in which our staff interacts with our residents. At Swann, many of our caregivers have been members of our team for more than 10 years and provide a stable circle of support for our residents. We know it takes everyone working together to make certain that our residents receive the best of care possible.
At Swann Special Care Center our mission is to provide assistance and service to persons with severe and profound intellectually disabilities. We know that our work is successful through the collective effort of our employees, community volunteers and supporters.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Swann and what we do!
Swann’s day training program operates 255 days per year. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is open to residents of the community, as well as those residing at Swann. Currently, a third of our residents attend the on-campus day training program, with the remaining people attending our separate off-site program, Page II.
The program’s intent is to: (1) continue to expand upon previously acquired skills of each person served; (2) work toward independent living through use of interdisciplinary skill training; (3) develop individualized program plans that have functional goals rather than task-oriented goals; (4) provide functional recreational activities; and (5) provide community support.
Through our five art therapy centers, our residents are provided with a unique means of expressing themselves – through art and exploration – while expanding their senses and learning new concepts and skills. Our focus is to educate the community at large that persons who experience severe and profound mental retardation are incredibly gifted and that they can and do create beautiful, expressive pieces of art.
Our comprehensive service system is capable of meeting the habilitation, restorative and long-term needs of individuals who are victims of genetic disorders, birth trauma, accidents, physical abuse and/or debilitating or life threatening diseases. We provide 24-hour nursing, including intravenous therapy, gastrostomy tube feedings, plus oxygen administration and palliative/end of life care. Each resident is thoroughly evaluated on an individual and on-going basis. Physical, occupational and speech therapies are available from our trained staff.
We recognize that everyone likes to have a good time. At Swann Special Care Center, we have a recreational program that is planned by our Activity Department in which group and one-to-one activities are scheduled. Our residents enjoy community outings as well as quiet activities in-house. These diverse opportunities help to broaden our residents’ awareness and interest in their environment.
Thank you for considering Swann Special Care Center. Residents are referred by such sources as hospital discharge planners, physicians, community service boards and families of current residents. Families can also refer themselves for a loved one’s care.
Our Admissions Committee conducts a comprehensive evaluation of the applicant’s medical history, physical and psycho-social factors. An admission is considered weighing all characteristics to determine the need for placement.
Considerations weighed by our Admissions Committee include:
- Ambulatory Status
- Level of Functioning
- Medical Condition
- Discharge Potential
All applicants must meet the following requirements:
1. Be dependent in four or more of the following areas:
- Motor Development
- Dressing Skills
- Grooming Skills
- Toileting Skills
- Eating Skills
- Language Development
- Productive Capacity
2. Be able to benefit from skilled nursing care and a rehabilitation program.
Require continuous skilled nursing care and medical supervision for complicated conditions, chronic long term or recurring medical conditions, such as:
- Uncontrolled Seizure Activity
- Immune Compromised
- Respiratory Issues
3. Complete authorized forms to obtain additional required information
If you are considering placing a loved one at Swann Special Care Center, we encourage you to begin the application process. Download the application forms below.
*The facility is licensed as a skilled pediatric facility; however, applicants/residents over age 22 will be considered if the Admission Committee determines that either initial or continued placement in the facility is appropriate because of the applicant/resident’s physical and mental functioning status, and that the facility has the service resource to meet the needs of the applicant/resident. The Admission Committee shall further determine that placement does not constitute a serious danger to the other residents.
Volunteers play an important role at Swann Special Care Center. We offer unique opportunities for services in a wide variety of areas.
- Gardening (flower beds, weeding)
- Taking residents on walks
- Story telling
- Assisting with general maintenance and upkeep
- Helping with the Art Program
- Volunteering at Outings
- Taking a pet to Pet Therapy for residents
Swann Special Care Center accepts donations from individuals, businesses, churches, foundations, schools and civic organizations. We are very grateful for the friends who support our programs and services with their gifts.
There are several giving opportunities available: gifts of cash or stock, memorial and honor gifts, gifts-in-kind, bequests, or participation in our special events.
- Adaptable Musical Instruments (keyboards, voice/sound activated instruments, etc.)
- Adapted (age appropriate) Toys (switches, batteries, etc.)
- Adaptable computer stands, touch screen monitors, age and skill appropriate computer programs and computer access kits
- Bedroom furniture and beds
- Wheelchair Accessible Vans
- Fitness center with specially-adapted equipment and lifts, with a pool, whirlpool, etc.