We are on the cusp of a crisis with an aging population of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Throughout this annual report, we hope to illuminate a pressing social issue – finding appropriate housing and support for this vulnerable population – and foster greater respect and compassion for the families and caregivers of people with disabilities.
Over 600 Dedicated Employees Two Vocational Day Centers 60+ Neighborhood Homes Hundreds of People Served.
“What will happen to my child when I become too frail or unable to support him?” asked Peggy DeMooy, of her 48-year-old disabled son Brian. It’s a question many parents ask. Today, Brian lives in his newly designated group home with three other men who are also developmentally disabled. Learn more about Peggy’s journey.
“These challenges are embodied in the highest level of transformation the I/DD system has experienced during my 40-year professional career.”
The term “medically fragile” is defined as a chronic physical condition which results in a prolonged dependency on medical care for which daily skilled care and nursing intervention is medically necessary. Learn more about how our direct care staff and nurses improve care results for this vulnerable population.
Interview with Gail McPeake, Director of Nursing for Koinonia Homes
A medically fragile home is unique to each individual, looking specifically at the people who live at the DeMooy home:
One individual was born normal but experienced a traumatic brain injury due to a car accident. As a result of his condition, he can’t walk and he is nonverbal.
The staff has to be able to fully lift him and transfer him. They undergo special training in safe lifting practices for both the individual and the staff. This particular person is over 6 feet tall, which creates additional challenges for transferring him multiple times each day – into bed, into the bathroom, into a vehicle, out of a vehicle.The individual also uses an alphabet board for communications, while that is not “medically fragile” it is important because he needs the ability to express himself and communicate if something hurts.
It’s all about choices. One option is Ohio Shared Living (OSL), a residential service program that allows individuals to receive continuous care and support while living in a family home setting. It is flexible and completely personalized.
Koinonia now serves clients in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Summit Counties. Learn more about the new markets we serve, and our ongoing commitment to put individuals and their families at the center of decisions.
48 Supervisors completed the new training program in 2016, and many more are scheduled for training in 2017. 90% of the supervisors trained showed improvement in one or more areas of competency. Additionally, they reported a 95% improvement in the performance of their direct reports.
Learning, Connecting, and Working are Koinonia Enterprises’ guideposts for success. Each individual’s access to meaningful employment is community-based and competitive, meaning that each person earns at least minimum wage and works in an integrated setting. Success starts with a careful assessment of each person’s job skills and strengths to be on their path to employment.
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Koinonia (coin-o-Nee-yah) is a rich complex word of Greek origin. Community, partnership, and generous sharing are at the heart of the word. It is translated into English to mean fellowship.