Florida Elks Children's Therapy Services provides physical therapy and occupational therapy to Florida children who do not have easy access to these services. These services are provided in the patient's home without regard to the ability to pay. This program strives to provide the highest quality services possible to this special population.
This rehabilitation is carried out in the patient’s home because of the absence of these services locally or because of the patient being medically infirmed at home. Priority is given to children who do not have ready access to therapy as a result of financial considerations.
Therapists are employed by the Florida Elks and are licensed to practice by the state of Florida. With 23 mobile units, our therapists are treating children throughout the state covering most of its 67 counties.
Therapy Services Facts
Over the last 13 years, our therapists have:
- Traveled over 6,088,897 miles
- Treated 6,714 children
- Completed 146,284 treatments
- Provided 168,261 hours of patient therapy
- Participated in 11,316 hours of continuing education
The services received by patients who meet eligibility requirements are absolutely free. Children’s Therapy Services does not receive any financial assistance from any level of government. Instead, we receive funding from the earnings from the Harry-Anna Trust, Elks state Lodges, Florida Elks Ladies organizations, the Elks National Foundation, and from generous public donations.
The cost to provide such exceptional services totaled $2,580,761 for 2012-2013.
The first step in being considered for admission to the therapy services program is to contact the Elks Lodge in your community or call the Program Administrator at 1-800-523-1673 ext. 240 and request an application.
As soon as the application is received, it will be reviewed to determine if the therapy program is appropriate for the patient’s needs. If the patient is accepted into the program, a regular weekly home visitation schedule is established. Parents are required to be present so they can carry out treatments between visits by the therapist.