Thirty years ago, CommUnity Care of the Northeast began with caring for the elderly at home. In 2005, we expanded our services to include homecare for persons with disabilities. We created a whole separate program for people with disabilities in order to meet their unique needs.
Since then we have been privileged to serve people with a variety of disabilities including Down’s syndrome, mild to profound intellectual disability, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, medical issues like cerebral palsy or high cholesterol.
When a disabled adult needs care, many times families consider placing the disabled person in a nursing care facility. But a nursing home is not the only option available. There are many advantages to choosing homecare.
- Nursing home facilities are geared towards end of life care. A disabled person is not in the same place in life as those in a nursing home. Homecare for a person with disabilities can keep them in an environment that is uplifting, encouraging, and full of life.
- Nursing home facility workers will not likely have experience or expertise in caring for persons with intellectual or emotional disabilities. With homecare, within a short time, the homecare worker will know exactly how best to work with their client because of the personalized nature of the care plan.
- Staying at home can maintain a person’s peer group and family relations. A nursing facility may make it more difficult to have friends and family members continue a relationship with the disabled person.
- Homecare like CommUnity Care of the Northeast can provide clients with a companion for one-on-one ratio day programs. This would not be available in a nursing facility.
- When receiving homecare, the needs of the whole person will be met on a personalized level. There will be a plan to care for their social, emotional, behavioral, and vocational needs. CommUnity Care provides a licensed social worker to assess the needs of the client and to work together with the family to design the best care plan. A follow-up meeting every two months evaluates the effectiveness of the plan.
- The safety of the disabled person is of top concern to the homecare provider. At a nursing facility, safety issues are addressed on a broad scale. At home, working one-on-one with a homecare provider, it is easier to notice when safety concerns arise.
- When the disabled person has only a physical limitation, homecare is able to help with just the specific areas of home keeping needed so that the independence of the person is maximized.
- Homecare is more affordable than nursing care since you are only paying for the services that are needed.
If you have a disabled family member who needs care, please contact CommUnity Care of the Northeast. We are eager to serve your family and provide quality care for your loved one with disabilities.