The mission of the Adult Down Syndrome Center is enhancing the well-being of adolescents, 12 and older, and adults with Down syndrome using a team approach to provide comprehensive, holistic, community-based health care services.
We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Adult Down Syndrome Center, a program offered by: Advocate Medical Group and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
We have a new location! Click here to for more information.
Now accepting Illinois residents with Down Syndrome who are 12 years and older. Learn more about ourout of state policy.
Down syndrome, the most common of all genetic conditions associated with intellectual disability, occurs in approximately one out of every 691 births, usually causing delays in physical, intellectual and language development. With appropriate and ongoing medical care, adults and adolescents with Down syndrome can lead healthy and productive lives. The Adult Down Syndrome Center is a comprehensive medical resource providing care for adults with Down Syndrome, with an emphasis on health promotion.
Visits to the Down Syndrome Center
Prior to an initial visit, a health questionnaire and a release of information form will be sent to the caregiver to establish previous medical history.
During a visit to the Center a thorough physical examination is performed and a complete medical history taken by the physicians or nurse practitioner who specializes in the care of adults and adolescents with Down syndrome. Each patient visits with a social worker. Laboratory tests will be performed in the Center. X-rays, hearing, nutrition and consultations with specialists can be arranged. A comprehensive summary report is later mailed.
About Our Staff
Our multi-disciplinary team includes:
Physicians and a nurse practitioner who provide medical services.
A doctorate level, licensed clinical social worker who provides psychosocial services.
A registered nurse clinical coordinator and clinical staff who assist with medical care.
A registered and licensed dietician who provides nutritional counseling.
Advocacy specialists who link patients and families with community services and resources and experienced patient representatives who assist patients and schedule appointments.
Outreach programs are available to provide support to patients and families and also focus on our patients who are unable to leave home or need additional advocacy services at their home or workplace.