Enhanced Family Care

student skiWhen an individual with disabilities needs a comfortable home she or he can share with a caring and competent individual, couple or family, The Institute can make that happen.Using a model often referred to as “shared living,” or “adult foster care,” we carefully match individuals, based on needs, interests, preferences and goals, with Enhanced Family Care Providers who wish to share their homes with individuals needing special kinds of support so they can live in the community. It takes great care and thoughtfulness to create a match between persons with complicated medical and behavioral issues and the right home care providers able to meet those needs. Providers must have either the existing skills and values to support individuals with extraordinary challenges, or the potential, with training, to develop these skills.
Creating a successful match requires that The Institute:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the individual’s history, critical needs and routine, likes and dislikes, and preferences for a living situation
  • Identify the skills and training a provider must have in order to be successful in supporting an individual
  • Use our network of professional colleagues and creative recruitment strategies to find a top-notch home provider
  • Choose a provider who has the skills, or can be trained, to provide essential supports
  • Help with introductions and the critical early transitional stages of building a trusting and comfortable relationship that will last

Sustaining that successful match involves:

  • Planning – to articulate clear goals and outline the steps to achieve those goals, including personal care, health maintenance, daily routines, enriching weekend and vacation activities, and strategies to handle a crisis
  • Monitoring progress – to help the individual, home provider, and support team track progress toward the goals, and make course corrections as needed
  • Providing flexible, 24/7 staff response – to solve problems, no matter what they involve, or when and where they occur

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“In my whole 46 years of being my sister’s guardian, I’ve never had someone as good as IPPI’s staff, and I’ve worked with about 100 different people….and I have high expectations. They try hard and don’t give up. Some places are so company-oriented. At IPPI, Karen’s interest always came first. She had to enter an assisted living home for health reasons, but if she’s able to come back into the community I will request that IPPI be involved again.” – Christine Gabriel, Karen’s sister and guardian

Contact Information:

Brad Kent – Project Director – 603.423.6046

Katie Kelly – Project Director – 603.772.5991