Transitioning Developmentally Disabled to Community Living

Video Credit: NJTV News. Published 4/8/15

A developmental disability is a mental or physical impairment that starts before age 22, continues indefinitely and causes substantial difficulties in self-care, language, mobility, self-direction, independent living, learning and economic self-sufficiency. Specific examples include intellectual or cognitive disability, cerebral palsy, autism and various genetic and chromosomal conditions such as Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome. Developmental disabilities can range in severity from mild to profound based on an individual’s need for supports. (Source Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.) 
A positive, comfortable environment is what makes a house a home. In our homes, individuals become active, decisive participants in small households of four to eight people. They benefit from the 24-hour support our compassionate staff provides in each of our 21 homes, located in residential neighborhoods throughout Northeast Ohio. Eighteen of the houses are certified as Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs/MR), meeting federal requirements and certified by the Department of Health (Medicaid). Three homes are funded through waivers. All of our homes are licensed by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).
All of our clients have been diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability and are currently a Medicaid recipient. Obtaining services and support begins with your local Board of Developmental Disabilities. For more information on eligibility and how to get started with residential options and other services, Click Here >>>

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Koinonia provides nursing care coordination, nursing supervision, and clinical services for over 450 individuals enrolled in our residential and day support and vocational programs. Care Coordination involves nurses utilizing expert knowledge to coordinate care among healthcare providers/specialists and to improve care outcomes by educating the person we serve and the caregivers that we employ. Koinonia’s standards of ethics and integrity lead us to maintain this commitment to the health and well-being of those we serve. Medical Mutual of Ohio has made a Leadership Gift to support our nursing program.

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