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People living with disabilities are eligible for numerous state and county resources that can assist with daily tasks, many of them free or low cost.
OPWDD provides a wide range of disability services Melbourne designed to assist adults with developmental disabilities in living the life they choose, finding employment and experiencing health and wellbeing.
Respite care services offer caregivers much-needed breaks from their primary caring duties and ensure they maintain an identity outside of caregiving, as well as receive enough restful rest to cope with all the difficulties that come with caregiving.
Respite services may include adult day care or visiting support workers to provide daily living assistance in the comfort of home, as well as group activities like social skills programs or recreational programs at a community centre.
Alternatively, consider selecting an out-of-home option by searching for an appropriate referral service that matches your needs with local programs. Be sure to ask for references, and visit potential programs in person in order to observe staff interaction with care participants as well as facilities available for use.
Home disability services often offer respite care to family members caring for a disabled individual in their home, giving the caregiver time to rest and recharge.
Attendant services allow individuals to remain living in their own homes and communities while receiving help with bathing, grooming, meal preparation and other daily tasks such as bathing. Some home disability services even offer transportation to medical appointments.
Individuals living alone with disabilities can become isolated. Home care agencies can help by connecting them to new friends and providing social activities. Some attendant services may even be covered under Workers’ Compensation insurance, making the cost more manageable for many families. Experienced home care agencies will monitor and follow-up on caregivers to make sure that they meet family expectations.
Individual and Family Support Services
Individuals living with developmental disabilities may require ongoing assistance to help them remain as independent as possible, and various programs offer their assistance.
Family Support Services assists those eligible for OPWDD who reside with one or more uncompensated family members or caregivers, offering family advocacy, educational advocacy, tutoring services and tutor support.
Support coordinators monitor a person’s health and safety, assist in selecting home- and community-based service providers, ensure quality waiver services are received, provide information about available services such as respite care, adult day care, meal delivery and personal emergency response systems and provide respite care services such as respite care or adult day care as needed and personal emergency response systems if desired. Support Coordinators may either be employed directly by DSPD or contracted through private companies and often the same individual provides both roles – this reduces duplication services while saving both parties time money and labor!
Disability home care services may offer assistance with basic activities like bathing, dressing and traveling – which may be particularly useful for people living with mobility restrictions.
Mobile crisis response services provide invaluable assistance for families whose loved one with developmental disabilities is having a behavioral episode at home that threatens out-of-home placement or hospitalization. A specialist visits their home and assists in deescalating behavior before providing proactive four-week intervention to prevent further episodes.
Families can access SERV through their individual’s Division of Developmental Disabilities Case Manager or directly by calling. Family support and teaching is offered to assist parents, family direct support staff, caregivers in honing parenting skills while implementing behavioral strategies and improving coping abilities.
Chore services provide non-medical care by local workers who come directly into a residence to help with housekeeping, shopping, yard work, minor home maintenance or repair tasks and provide respite care for caregivers of lower-income Washington County residents age 60+. This program is open only to lower income residents within Washington County who meet certain eligibility requirements, giving care givers some much-needed respite care services.
Behavior supports provide services to address serious behavioral issues among people with disabilities through personalized, family-based consultations with them and their family. Chore services maintain a clean and sanitary living environment for individuals who cannot complete chore activities themselves due to disability; recipients pay the chore provider directly a co-payment that supplements DSHS wage payments.