Community Living

Tim Brelsford
Director of Community Living

Community Living collaborates closely with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission in various capacities. One key role involves Transitional Assistance, where individuals transitioning from long-term facilities to community or residential settings receive support. This includes team meetings and assistance shopping for essential items at no cost, covering expenses like security deposits, rent, moving costs, furniture, kitchen supplies, and clothing.

Once individuals are discharged, At Home Services are provided, including:

1. Individual Support and Community Habilitation (ISCH):** This service aids in locating suitable housing and developing skills related to personal finance, health, shopping, community resource use, safety, and adaptive skills. It helps individuals establish and maintain a household in the community. Two Case Managers and one Liaison assist with treatment goals, appointments, skill training, and more.

2. Adult Companion: Companions assist or supervise with tasks like meal preparation, laundry, and shopping. This service aligns with therapeutic goals in the service plan and doesn’t involve hands-on nursing care.

3. Home Maker: Qualified homemakers perform general household tasks when the regular caregiver is absent or unable to manage household responsibilities.

4. Personal Care Worker: This service provides assistance for tasks individuals would do independently if not for a disability. It includes hands-on help or cuing and supervision for daily activities. Personal care may cover bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, meal preparation (excluding meal costs), and specified housekeeping chores.

5. Home Health Aid: Additional services provided alongside home health aide services under the approved State plan. They differ in nature, scope, supervision arrangements, or provider type.

6. Transportation: Offered to enable participants to access waiver and community services, activities, and resources as outlined in the service plan. When possible, free services from family, friends, neighbors, or community agencies are utilized.

These services collectively aim to facilitate the transition from long-term facilities to independent living and support individuals in maintaining a fulfilling life in the community.