Diane's House FAQs

Information About Diane's House - Wisconsin Intensive Treatment Program for Autism, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy and Similar Disorders

Note:  For general information on Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, please refer to the Treatment Programs FAQs.

Q:  What is Diane's House?

A:  Diane's House is a fully accessible, furnished, single-level duplex specially designed to house one family during the time of their loved one's intensive treatment at Nature's Edge Therapy Center.  Families live in one side of the house and participate in treatment sessions on the other side and elsewhere on the 65-acre Nature’s Edge ranch.

We want to empower families to learn about and play a "hands-on" role in the rehabilitation of their loved one.  Diane's House seeks to fulfill this goal by enabling families to stay together during the time of intensive therapy and carry over to their own homes the important home programs initiated by our therapists.  A doctor’s prescription for speech, occupational and/or physical therapy is required.

The Diane’s House program can be designed to fit the family's schedule.  The patient is initially given in-depth evaluations by our licensed speech, occupational and/or physical therapists (depending on the type of therapy that has been prescribed), and an individualized treatment plan is formulated.

Throughout his or her stay at Diane's House, the patient has individual treatment sessions with the licensed therapists.  In addition, there are multiple family therapy sessions designed to help family members continue to implement the treatment plans developed by the therapists.  Sessions may include Caregiver Education and Training, Meal Planning/Preparation/Dining, Music and Art Enrichment Activities, Community Outing Activities, Hippotherapy (using horses in therapy), and may incorporate some of the other therapy animals at Nature’s Edge.  The program may also include a Social Outing/Dining Group at a nearby restaurant.  Every activity is structured to enable the patient to succeed and to foster continued growth and improvement with his or her therapy goals.

The staff for intensive therapy at Diane’s House includes our speech, occupational and physical therapists, all of whom are licensed and credentialed in many areas.  Together, they direct Diane’s House and supervise additional specially trained staff who provide many other opportunities during the week to our patients and their caregivers.

Q:  What is included in the residence at Diane's House?

A:  Diane's House is a "home away from home" for our families, with all the latest conveniences and appliances.  Take a photo tour of Diane's House!

The residence has a full kitchen (range/oven, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven) and basic food prep and service items (e.g., pots and pans, serving dishes, cutting board, paring knives, peeler, colander, cups, plates, bowls, silverware).  The bathroom features an ADA-approved height toilet, sink and a tub/shower enclosure.  There is also a stackable washer/dryer.  The kitchen has a table and four chairs, twin sinks and cabinetry for storage.  The sleeping/living area has one full and two twin beds, a couch, a dresser, and a desk and chair.  Linens are supplied for the beds, bathroom and kitchen.  Basic cleaning tools (such as mop, vacuum, bucket, broom and dustpan) will be supplied for you.

The residence also has a TV/DVD player.

Q:  What should we bring with us?

A:  Because families may have specific sensitivities to products, we ask that each family be responsible for bringing their own laundry washing products, food (other than lunches, which will be provided as part of therapy), and toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, etc).  You should also bring your own laptop computer and any electronic gaming devices, CDs, DVDs, etc. your family enjoys.

In summary, please feel free to bring whatever you need to make your family feel comfortable here.   If you are not sure if something may be included in the home or not, please call us and we will be happy to let you know.

Q:  If we forget to bring something, are there shopping centers nearby?

A:  Yes.  Nature’s Edge is located near the communities of Rice Lake and Cameron.  Rice Lake has a mall, a large hospital complex (Marshfield Clinic), Walmart, Shopko, Marketplace Foods and Gordy's County Market (grocery stores), and many other chain and locally owned restaurants and businesses.

Q:  What is not allowed at Diane's House?

A:  Smoking/tobacco and illegal drugs of any kind are not tolerated or permitted on any part of the property of Diane's House or Nature's Edge Therapy Center.  Tampering with smoke detection devices is not permitted.

Personal pets are not allowed at Diane's House or Nature's Edge Therapy Center.

Q:  What is the cost for Diane's House at Nature's Edge Therapy Center?

A:  That depends on the length of treatment at Diane's House.  See our evaluation and therapy rates, below.  Please contact us to work out a schedule that suits your needs and budget.

Families are also responsible for breakfast, dinner, transportation, and the Social Outing/Dining Group Treatment costs.   Lunches are prepared as part of therapy and are included in the fee.

A deposit of 50% of the fee is due at the time of registration, with the remainder due on the first day of the program.

There is help for families who feel that their financial situation makes it a hardship to pay the full cost of their stay at Diane's House.  Click here for more information.

Q:  Will insurance cover therapy at Diane's House?

A:  This will vary depending on your insurance coverage.  Evaluation and therapy rates (which may be covered by insurance) are as follows:

  • $200 for Evaluation (whether by a Speech, Occupational, or Physical Therapist)
  • $100 per session (whether Speech, Occupational, or Physical Therapy)

Should there be insurance that may cover all or part of the cost, Nature’s Edge staff will be happy to assist you with completing a claim or prior authorization.

Q:  What are the "check-in" and "check-out" times for Diane's House?

A:   Check-in time is anytime after 3:00 pm CST on the day prior to the start of your stay at Diane's House.  Check-out is by 11:00 am CST on the last day of your stay. 

Q:  What if some damage occurs at Diane's House while we are there?

A:  We understand that this is a valid concern for families of children with special needs.  We have built and decorated the home with provisions for more durability such as wainscoting on walls, ceramic tile in the bathroom and vinyl tile and durable commercial carpeting for the remainder of the flooring.  Even though these are in place, we realize that accidents and damage may still occur.  We ask you to notify us immediately should there be any damage to our property.  We can address each situation on a case- by-case basis.

Q:  What about parking or using our vehicle on the property?

A:  Nature's Edge and Diane's House are located on 65 acres of beautiful country property, complete with rolling hills, a pond and trout stream.  We have a very long driveway that is sometimes walked by our animals and patients, as well as a play area that is located next to the driveway.  We therefore ask that our 10 MPH speed limit be observed at all times on our property.  In addition, parking is permitted in three areas:  at Diane's House, at the house for the Nature's Edge Therapy Center's office and by the barn (some restrictions do apply when parking at the barn for fire codes).

Q:  Can we bring bicycles, and/or take walks on your property when not in treatment sessions?

A:  Yes, of course.  We have field groomed trails on our property, and bikes can be ridden on our driveway.  We also have playground equipment (trampoline, swing set, sand box) that can be used by families.

Q:  I have a loved one who would benefit from an intensive therapy program like this.  How do we make reservations at Diane's House?

A:  Contact us to secure your intensive therapy experience and this will include the use of Diane's HouseNew Patient Intake Forms will need to be submitted and approved prior to confirmation of reservation of your intensive therapy stay.

Here is some additional helpful information to consider:

  • Patients seeking to come to Diane’s House must be at least two years of age or older.  There is no maximum age.
  • We welcome any treatment diagnosis at Nature’s Edge; however our areas of specialty are autism, traumatic brain injury and cerebral palsy.
  • Because this is a medical intervention, a doctor’s prescription for speech, occupational and/or physical therapy must be provided.
  • We schedule three daily breaks to provide “down time” for the patient and family to spend private time together.
  • Currently on Nature’s Edge premises are many animals, as well as horticulture areas, that will be utilized to augment further progress towards the patient’s goals.

Truly unique therapy for autism and other disorders

Have more questions? Please contact Nature's Edge Therapy Center for more information about Diane's House, our intensive Wisconsin treatment program for autism, brain injury, cerebral palsy and similar disorders.