Residential --Frequently Asked Questions...
Q: How do we get considered for residential services?
A: All individuals supported through our residential services are over the age of 18 and receiving services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities for the State of New Jersey (DDD). Ask your case worker about eligibility. If you do not have a case worker or you need to be set up with DDD services, contact Denise Snyder in our Family Support Division (908-730-7827).
Q: Who pays for these services?
A: The Division of Developmental Disabilities. When someone becomes eligible for residential placement, it is because they are receiving services from DDD.
Q: What is my role as a parent trying to find my loved one services?
A: Share information. Help us get to know what supports you and your loved one envision. Help us get a clear picture of who your loved on is. It’s sometimes those little details in our lives that offer the most quality. For example: Do they enjoy weekly sporting events? Must they have a cat/dog live with them to call it home? Do supports need to be offered in particular ways/by particular people? In your day-to-day life, you offer a lot of supports that go unacknowledged or become second nature. Take the time to recognize those supports, so we can concentrate on a continuum of care.
Q: When/How should we start?
A: It’s never too soon to begin. Whether you are looking for services next month or in five years, start now. Learn the options and do your homework; we are here to help you along the way. Speak to your case worker and stress the need for residential placement. Ask to be placed on the ‘Residential Waiting List’. It’s a very long process.
Q: Can my loved one choose their location and/or roommates?
A: Absolutely. We have residences all throughout Hunterdon County; all types and sizes (with more opening regularly). We try our best to match people based on their likes and interests. We get to know individuals before they move with us so we can get a comprehensive idea of who the person is, not just what supports they need provided. The individual and his/her family have a voice in all aspects of planning.
Q: What if we choose an option we think if correct, but it doesn't work out? Is my loved one free to move and/or try new options?
A: Life is fluid. If a piece of our life doesn’t work, we explore the other available options to change it. Simple as that. Same goes for anyone supported in a residential program.
Q: How do I let go of my loved one and let them be on their own?
A: You don’t. You stay as involved as you and your loved one wish. Just because they are living in a supported residence, doesn't mean you can’t still visit with each other whenever you choose. Lots of people go home for weekends and/or holidays. Parents and families create great relationships with the support staff and program managers to ensure effective communication and involvement at any level.
Q: What if services we need/want are not listed or considered ‘traditional’?
A: Ask. Individualized services are always an option. No two persons are alike.