Koinonia Homes, a leading provider of individualized residential services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, was awarded a $150,000 grant from Medical Mutual of Ohio to fund essential nursing services in community-based homes. The grant will be distributed in $50,000 increments over a three-year period.

Recent studies indicate that people with developmental disabilities are particularly susceptible to disparities in healthcare, including access to care providers, specialized treatment, long-term care and disease prevention.

Because Koinonia homes are residential and not institutional, they require specialized nursing coordination that includes managing healthcare providers, doctors’ appointments, treatments, transportation and passing medications – all within unique home settings.

More than 450 individuals rely on Koinonia for health-care services and care coordination among 60 residential locations in Northeast Ohio. This grant will directly support the care coordination not covered by government assistance for 130 people.

“Medical Mutual of Ohio quickly recognized that enhancing nursing services for individuals in community-based homes is the most effective way to ensure continuity of care among all of our residents,” said Koinonia President and CEO Diane Beastrom. “Their generous support has immediately enriched the lives of many people in need.”

This summer, Koinonia will seek an additional $100,000 per year to fund care coordination and address other critical needs among its residents. The organization has long been distinguished for its community-based homes and individualized care, as well as day, vocational, and employment services.

“We have long recognized our responsibility and role in making Ohio a better place to live,” said Jared Chaney, Medical Mutual Executive Vice President, and Chief Communications Officer. “Koinonia is one of many outstanding organizations we actively support in helping to provide quality care and well-being for Ohioans.”

“This issue really is about quality of life,” Beastrom said. “We feel very strongly that our residents have the right to live in residential settings within their communities, while still maintaining high standards of health care.”

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