Services we Provide for Persons with Disabilities
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In our Adult Developmental Activities (ADA) program, we provide services for numerous individuals whose primary needs are developmental in nature. In this program, our consumers learn not only adult daily living skills such as hand washing and tooth brushing, but communication, socialization, and leisure skills as well. We pride ourselves in addressing the needs of the ‘whole individual.’
Many of our clients display evidence of sensory integration deficits, meaning that when sensory input is not processed properly, their responses are often inappropriate. Historically, many behaviors inherent to those in the severe and profound range, such as self-stimulatory actions or physical aggression, have been considered maladaptive. We now know, however, that often these behaviors are not physiological at all, but rather indicators of these deficits.
In our Sensory & Environmental Awareness lab (SEALAB) we address all of the sensory realms including visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, gustatory, vestibular (knowing where one’s body is in space) and proprioceptive (hard touch) domains. The SEALAB provides relaxed, non-threatening sensory stimulation in which learning is so much fun that the consumers do not even know they are learning. Furthermore, research indicates that learning occurs quicker and is longer lasting that with any of the other instructional systems technologies.
Having a role in the community can help improve self-confidence, independence and quality of life for adults and young adults with developmental disabilities. Paladin strives to help each individual become a productive, responsible and participating member of the community by helping them acquire daily living and vocational skills that promote optimum levels of independence in the community and workplace.
We offer adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn good work skills while promoting self-worth through paid work as well as advancement in work habits, productivity and skill level. Individuals participate in paid work tasks that could lead to a referral to our Employment Assistance program and a job in the community. Individualized programs focus on work activities, vocational orientation and training and transitional
Employment Services works with the State's Vocational Rehabilitation Services to support individuals with disabilities as they seek employment in the community. This is achieved by meeting with the individual's team (which includes the individual, the individual's natural supports and Employment Services staff) to develop a person-centered strategic action plan which focuses on the individual's life goals. The team identifies strengths, preferences, interests, support needs, desired vocational objective and employment environment. Our staff implements the plan for job seeking and placement. Employment Services provides on-site training and continued support once our consumer is established in his/her job duties.
After successful placement, we offer supported employment follow along services, if necessary. Follow along services provide our consumers with additional support to be successful in their employment.
Residential habilitation services (RHS)
Residential Habilitation Services (RHS) provide up to a full day (24-hour basis) of services and/or supports which are designed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the participant, and assist in the acquisition, improvement, and retention of skills necessary to support participants to live successfully in their own homes. RHS includes direct supervision, monitoring and training to implement the Individualized Support Plan (ISP) outcomes for the participant through the following:
Our Group Home Program is tailored to adults with intellectual disabilities who would benefit from the 24 hour supervision of direct support professionals. They reside in one of our four group homes specially-designed to emphasize a comfortable homelike atmosphere. Our homes are within the LaPorte and Michigan City communities, with access to all the services the cities provide.
Our individuals have the potential to achieve maximum independence in all aspects of their lives. Each individual can grow into their own unique self and make decisions based on personal preferences and individual desires. The trained staff develop individual care plans to work on the needs of each individual, set at a pace where they can succeed. They are able to share common interests with their peers and make lasting friendships. The individuals we serve participate in a variety of recreational activities in the home as well the community. Such activities include: bowling, Special Olympics, going to movies, going out to eat, visiting the museums in Chicago, etc. These are just a few examples of how Paladin involves our individuals to develop a rich and meaningful life, along with developing meaningful relationships.
Paladin has finished renovations of the building that is our brand new Respite Home that serves persons with disabilities. Paladin's Respite Services provides a wide variety of leisure and learning activities while family members who care for a person with disabilities at home can take a short break or even a long awaited vacation. This is a service that can be paid for through your Medicaid Waiver or a private pay contract. It is the only home of its kind in Northwest Indiana that is 100% wheelchair accessible, it is the only one with full safety systems in place including alarms, fire suppression systems and intercoms throughout. It is the only one located in town and close to every day conveniences (it is literally across the street from a bowling alley)--it is truly the safest, most accessible and most convenient Respite Home in Northern Indiana!
Participant Assistive Care (PAC)
Participant Assistance and Care (PAC) Services are provided in order to allow participants with intellectual/developmental disabilities to remain and live successfully in their own homes, function and participate in their communities and avoid institutionalization. PAC services support and enable the participant in activities of daily living, self-care, and mobility with the hands-on assistance, prompting, reminders, supervision and monitoring needed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the participant.
Community services are intended to enhance the lives of those we serve by ensuring they have significant opportunities to engage in civic, charitable, and other everyday activities. Whether it is accessing community resources, learning to ride public transportation, going to doctor appointments, learning to order from a menu or getting a driver’s license, the individual being served can be assured of a support system and an advocate that understands their unique needs. Not only do staff members encourage consumers to do as much as they can on their own, but they also help educate the public about inclusion for, and acceptance of, individuals with developmental disabilities.