residential services for developmental disabilities
Every person deserves the opportunity to live an active, fulfilling life. Making that goal a reality is precisely the intent of all of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities' programs and services provided by Goodwill Columbus, including our Residential Services. Here, a safe and welcoming housing environment serves as the foundation for a comprehensive approach to helping individuals with developmental disabilities, such as mental retardation and cerebral palsy, reach their full potential.
Services offered in our Onsite Residence program are designed for adults with developmental disabilities. Onsite Residence, is much more than simply a place to live. It is a place to build a life. Because here, residents participate in activity, work or school programs based on the belief that every person has inherent worth and value.
The program has a state-of-the-art sensory room, resident store, daily activities, weekly activities in the residence and community. There are also art programs, therapy activities, smoking cessation classes and anger management. In addition, we arrange gatherings for family and friends, and opportunities to take at least one vacation a year.
Most importantly, we recognize that a person's self-esteem and dignity are related to their ability to function in society and control their own lives. Therefore, Goodwill Columbus provides opportunities for residents to develop the skills that will enable them to live as independently as possible.
The residence serves 23 adults, is certified as an Intermediate Care Facility for individuals with mental retardation, and is staffed by nurses 24 hours a day.
For more information about Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities' services and the Onsite Residence Program at Goodwill Columbus, call 614-294-5181, email us, or fax 614-294-6895.
Our supported living services are a life line for people with disabilities who are living in their own homes. We provide 24-hour on-call support. And our staff is trained to address many vital responsibilities, including medication administration, CPR, first-aid, behavior support and crisis intervention. In addition, we provide a comprehensive range of services from the planning and preparation of meals to budgeting and financial assistance. It's all about empowering people to live their lives.
Our Supported Living program offers weekly classes that promote independence and skill building, as well as building upon skills learned. We also offer a variety of recreational/social activities throughout the community. We assist individuals in organizing advocacy groups, fitness classes, recreational activities, vacations, and in developing relationships within their communities. We have two social workers on staff and one management position dedicated to organizing and implementing classes and activities. We have four dedicated wheelchair vans and access to other vans for transportation services.
What's most important to remember about these services is that they are designed to meet the specific needs of each individual. We work in conjunction with a team of people to develop a supported living plan that fits within the life goals of every person we serve.
The cost of these services can be offset in a number of ways, including government-funded Level I or I.O. waivers. Direct pay options without government assistance are also possible.
For more information about Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities' services and Supported Living programming at Goodwill Columbus, call 614-294-5181, email us, or fax 614-294-6895.