How Our Services Are Evolving
MidState Arc brings a full range of services to people living with IDD. Throughout all of our services, we provide each individual with the emotional and behavioral support they need throughout their journey. We are actively pushing forward the use of innovative services through a collaborative process that supports greater independence and community integration.
In-Home Supports for Living Independently
We provide in-home supports to people living in their own homes. MidState Arc works with each individual and their support team to identify the community they want to live in. Then, we provide the necessary staffing and services to make sure this life choice is successful for them.
Additionally, we provide direct support hours and coordination services to help them build connections and access resources in their community. Our intention is to encourage each individual living with IDD to be as independent as possible without doing things for them.
To determine how much and what type of support an individual needs, we conduct a series of assessments, including, though not limited to, an Independent Living Assessment and an Assistive Technology Assessment. In some cases, additional assessments may be required, such as a transportation assessment, a behavioral or clinical assessment, and a medical assessment by a healthcare coordinator.
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Web-based remote monitoring is an assistive technology solution designed to support adults with IDD who live independently, either completely on their own or close to other people with IDD in a clustered apartment. It provides each individual with real-time interactive in-home support services that pave the way to greater independence.
These solutions can include electronic sensors, speakers, microphones, smoke detectors, temperature detectors, personal emergency response systems, and much more. The devices link each individual’s home to remote caregivers who provide them with remote supported-living services.
We use remote monitoring and other assistive technology solutions to address safety concerns, while improving each individual’s quality of life and helping them become happier as they continue along their unique journey to maintaining or gaining independence.
Community Engagement Opportunities for People with IDD
We support each individual in connecting and integrating into their community. To do this, we let them lead the way by asking them how they want to engage by:
- Participating in recreational activities
- Attending college or other education classes
We provide as much support as needed to help each individual participate in the activities that interest them throughout the day.
Many of the people we work with love to volunteer. When an individual has an interest in this, we don’t tell them where they can volunteer, we ask them where they want to volunteer. Then, we support them in making it happen.
Individuals have volunteered at an ever-growing list of local organizations and businesses, including the Humane Society, Meals on Wheels, Webster’s Manor in Wallingford, and many more! If someone wants to volunteer somewhere that doesn’t have a volunteer program yet, we facilitate that process.
Each individual who participates in our volunteer program has fun while making a difference. Through this experience, we support people with IDD in becoming well-rounded citizens.