When individuals can no longer live with their family members, it's nice to know there's an alternative. Faye Clark’s New Horizons operates two large group homes and 13 semi-independent living apartments in Miami-Dade County. Our residential sites are places that more than 30 men and women call their home, and for some individuals, these settings become their long-term residences. At each site, caring direct-care workers assist in providing a relaxing, enjoyable environment combined with teaching the necessary skills to maintain day to day living. Great care is given to structure community outings, vacations and participation and integration in community events which allow the individuals with disabilities and the people in their environments to achieve appreciation for each other and establish pride in mutual sharing.
Men and women with disabilities live in 24-hour supervised homes and apartments in their communities. The program gives each individual the opportunity to become as independent as possible. In a home environment setting, individuals are able to receive the attention and supervision needed to learn to cook, clean and shop and participate as fully as possible in the operation of their homes. Individuals learn self-care, mobility, personal and social development, communication and language skills, and money management.
Learning skills within the home gives individuals a chance to see how skills apply in real world situations. Residential Habilitation is a person-centered approach which provides supervision and specific training activities that assist individuals to acquire, maintain or improve skills related to activities of daily living. This service is goal-oriented and can include assistance and guidance in such things as personal care, preparing a meal and household tasks, money management, or health and personal safety. Service recipients also have the opportunity to integrate more fully in their community by attending outings that interest them. Residential Habilitation is funded through the Home and Community Based Services Waiver.
FCNH’s respite program provides intermittent, short-term, or overnight relief for families taking care of an individual with a developmental disability. The program offers a variety of care options for individuals with a developmental disability allowing family members to go out for the evening, take a vacation, take care of other needs, or simply take a break. This service provides supportive care and supervision to the recipient when the primary caregiver is unable to perform these duties due to a planned brief absence. Respite is not goal-oriented but rather assisting the caregiver with a temporary rest. Respite is funded through the Home and Community Based Services Waiver.
Companion services consist of non-medical care, supervision and socialization activities provided to an adult on a one-on-one basis. This service must be provided in direct relation to the achievement of the recipient’s goals per his support plan. A companion may also assist the recipient with such tasks as meal preparation, laundry and shopping; however, these activities shall not be performed as discrete services. This service does not entail any "hands-on" medical care. Companions may also perform light housekeeping tasks, incidental to the care and supervision of the recipient. Companion services may be scheduled on a regular, long-term basis. These services are not merely “diversional” in nature but are related to a specific outcomes or goals of the recipient. An acceptable companion activity could include going to the library, getting a library card, learning how to use the library and checking out books or videos for personal use, shopping for groceries, or going to an animal shelter to learn about animals, or perhaps volunteering or assisting at the animal shelter. Companion is funded through the Home and Community Based Services Waiver.