Health and Wellness at WIHD
The Westchester Institute for Human Development has been providing a comprehensive and welcoming environment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 40 years. Our clinical staff serves more than 5,500 people, who make 33,000 visits for primary and specialty care, each year. With that depth of experience, our staff is uniquely qualified to understand and anticipate the needs of people with disabilities. In addition, our providers are recognized experts in their specialties, with many serving on the faculty of New York Medical College.
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities now live longer than ever before. Consequently, they develop typical adult illnesses that necessitate continuing relationships with a team of health care providers. The Adult Health Services program at WIHD is that team. We provide the broadest array of health services and medical specialties in Westchester and beyond to serve people with IDD. And we provide those services in a one-stop, medical home setting that offers them in a convenient and coordinated way.
Primary Care at WIHD is a partnership among patients, caregivers, referral sources and care providers.
What we do:
• Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions
• Promote and maintain health
• Help prevent disease
• Educate patients and caregivers
WIHD is expanding our primary health care services to create a “Patient-Centered Medical Home” for the more than 5,000 patients we serve each year.
Patients and families can take advantage of our:
• Expanded evening office hours
• 24/7 on call service for after-hour urgent matters
• Care coordination to organize primary and specialty care providers
Complementing our primary care and dental services, WIHD offers a broad range of specialty medical and behavioral health services. Our specialist services, with examples of the conditions they treat, include the following:
CARDIOLOGY: heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure
rashes and other skin conditions
diabetes (disproportionately prevalent in the IDD population), thyroid disease and other hormonal abnormalities
conditions affecting ears, noses and throats of infants through adults
inherited metabolic disorders, i.e. phenylketonuria (PKU)
seizures, dementia, gait disturbance
NUTRITION SERVICES:diabetes, obesity, weight management
OPHTHALMOLOGY: eye disorders, screening, corrective lenses
PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION (PHYSIATRY): assistive devices: special shoes, braces, wheelchairs.
PODIATRY: foot care
PSYCHIATRY: medication management to improve function and quality of life
PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES: neuropsychological testing, help with guardianship documentation, care coordination with psychiatry
UROLOGY: Urinary incontinence, prostate disorders
WOMEN’S HEALTH: well woman exams
Transition to Adult Healthcare
Many of our patients come to us as they make the transition from pediatric to adult medical care. This can be a stressful time for patients, who face unfamiliar medical concerns and new healthcare providers. We understand, and we respond with the care, compassion, and patience that you and your loved one deserve.
Because we draw upon the comprehensive resources of WIHD, we can answer your questions about employment, community-based programs and housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.