Winston County DD Residential Services
Developmental Disabilities (DD) Services currently offers three types of residential programs: Certified Residential Facilities (CRF), Personal Care services and Companion Services.
Personal Care Services allows individuals with DD to live at home with family. Staff come into the home to assist the individual with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Through this services, primary caregivers are provided much needed assistance with the daily care of their loved one.
Companion Services is designed for individuals with DD who are able to function independently within the community with some guidance. These individuals live in their own homes and many work either full or part time jobs. Staff are made available for supervision of such activities as banking, shopping, and meal planning.
Certified Residential Facilities, (CRF), comprise the largest percentage of the residential programs. In these homes, daily habilitation is provided for individuals with ID/DD diagnoses ranging from mild to profound. Instruction is provided in self-care, economics, independent functioning, socialization and leisure skills. Upon admission to the program, several evaluations are conducted to determine each individual’s level of functioning, needs, and likes/dislikes. An Individual Service Plan (ISP) is then formulated by the habilitation team. Included in the ISP is the Habilitation Plan, which outlines the daily training activities, as well as lists any additional services the individual may receive from NWAMHC or any other provider agency.
The Habilitation Plan is reviewed every three months to determine its validity and revised as needed. The daily training is part of a formal plan designed to bring each individual to maximum functioning level and, for the most part, is conducted during daily activities at the home. For example, training in financial skills may take place during shopping trips, purchasing stamps at the post office and conducting banking activities. Training in social skills takes place at parties, dances, and church functions. The objectives of the CRF programs are to provide necessary training in the least restrictive environment and to guide each individual toward maximum independence.
Individual choice is encouraged in all areas of life; every effort is made to accommodate these choices. The personal preferences of each individual are apparent throughout each home.
Strong bonds among the individuals and between the staff and the individuals are a natural development in the CRF environment. The CRF is home to those who live there and it tends to develop a personality and atmosphere all its own. Spending forty hours each week in the homes, staff become extended family to the individuals.
Northwest currently serves 67 individuals in CRF programs throughout our five county catchment and employs 100+ staff.