INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES
- Independent Supported Living – Providing Paraprofessional Staff in the individual’s home to support the individuals activities of daily living.
- Personal Assistant Services - Personal assistant services include assistance with any activity of ADL or IADL. Assistance for ADLs includes bathing, toileting, transfer and ambulation, skin care, grooming, dressing, extension of therapies and exercise, care of adaptive equipment, meal preparation, feeding, and incidental household cleaning and laundry. IADLs include shopping, banking, budgeting, using public transportation, social interaction, recreation, and leisure activities. Assistance with IADLs includes accompaniment, cueing and minor problem-solving necessary to achieve increased independence, productivity and inclusion in the community.
- Support Broker - A Support Broker provides information and assistance to the individual or designated representative for the purpose of directing and managing supports. This includes practical skills training and providing information on recruiting and hiring personal assistant workers, managing workers and providing information on effective communication and problem-solving. The extent of the assistance furnished to the individual or designated representative is specified in the ISP
- Respite Care - In-home respite care is provided to individuals unable to care for themselves, on a short-term basis, because of the absence or need for relief of those persons normally providing the care. To be eligible for in-home respite care, the persons who normally provide care to the individual must be other than formal, paid caregivers. This service is not delivered in lieu of day care for children nor does it take the place of day services programming for adults.
Our Independent Living Service program is designed to service individuals with disabilities within their community.
Independent Living Skills - Independent living skills consists of gaining instruction and mastery of the following areas: health and safety, community resources, meal planning and nutrition, self-advocacy, Personal Assistant management, household management, recreation and leisure, and money management. The integration and full participation of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of society is the desired outcome.
Independent Living philosophy emphasizes consumer control, the idea that people with disabilities are the best experts on their own needs, having crucial and valuable perspective to contribute and deserving of equal opportunity to decide how to live, work, and take part in their communities, particularly in reference to services that powerfully affect their day-to-day lives and access to independence.
According to traditional thought, disabilities are impairments to be cured through medical intervention. In practice, people with significant disabilities are treated at best by the medical industry as diseases to be cured, and more often, since most disabilities cannot be cured, as incapable and undeserving of optimal and self-directed care. The significant underestimation of the abilities and life quality of people with disabilities has led to a state in which the evaluation of people with disabilities by medical professionals, so highly valued by society, has come to infringe on basic human and civil rights.
The Independent Living Model sees the problem differently and understands disability as a construct of society. In this model, the problem lies in the environment, not the individual. Though many people have physical, intellectual, or mental attributes that deviate from the ‘norm,’ disability is manifested in society through purposefully created and maintained physical, programmatic, and attitudinal barriers.
People with disabilities do not see themselves as problems to be solved, and ask only for the same human and civil rights enjoyed by others. Remarkably, this viewpoint is not generally accepted in society today and the Medical Model is still so deeply ingrained in us as a society that people with disabilities may spend their entire lives in nursing facilities often described as “tortuous” or even be refused treatment at a hospital, and at a professional’s discretion, denied life-saving “futile care”.
This is why WE here at Grace Reliant Health Services strive to provide opportunities for the individuals we serve to experience life to its fullest. We are recognized as a Tiered Support Provider and we provide specialized positive behavioral training, known as TOOLS, to all of our staff.