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Housing Options for Adults with Disabilities

When it comes to feeling and being independent, there’s nothing like living in your own place. Home may be a multi-story mansion or a humble studio apartment, but it’s all yours. Privacy and personal power are integral parts of a person’s home. With a little help, people with disabilities can be more independent than people think. Even adults in foster care could benefit from any of these housing options.

One housing option for adults with disabilities:

Group home – has 24/7 supervision for folks who may need more help with day-to-day activities. Usually, each individual has their own bedroom, which they set up according to their own taste. Residents share the rest of the house. One group home in Albuquerque, NM is a repurposed motel, in which the lounge area, the laundry room, the courtyard, the kitchen, dining room, parking area, and the office are used by everyone, and each bedroom/bathroom suite is private for one person.

A second housing option for adults with disabilities:

Independent apartments with on-site residential monitor – each individual has his or her own apartment, and there is a qualified staff-person on-site for emergencies. The staff are on a 24 hour rotation and have their own space, separate and distinct from anyone else. Specific services for individuals who may need them, such as housekeeping tasks, grocery shopping, or medication management, can be arranged separately.

A third housing option for adults with disabilities:

Independent living in a house or apartment – this type of housing works best for individuals whose disabilities do not put too many limitations on them. It is the least restrictive level of independent living available. A person has to make all decisions regarding both the home and their assistance needs. Any needed support services are decided on by the individual and can be set up for that individual on an as-needed basis.

Not everyone has the same needs and/or preferences when it comes to housing. If you would like some help with finding the right kind of housing for yourself or a loved one, RISE might be able to provide the assistance you’re looking for. RISE is an innovative human services network originally established in 1987 for the purpose of moving individuals living in institutions into family settings. Since that time, services have grown to support children, adults, and families with a variety of needs across multiple states.

RISE provides services for people with disabilities including residential settings, day programs, employment assistance, managed care, and home and community-based services. RISE also provides services for children and families through foster care and professional parenting, adoption, kinship care, after school and summer programs, behavior supports, and mental health services. In addition, RISE provides Early Intervention services which include Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Developmental Specialists.

RISE also enjoys professional affiliations with a fiscal intermediary, management software firm, a real estate and property management organization, and a specialized shared services group.

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