Community-based residential homes allow people with intellectual and physical disabilities to experience a community oriented homelike environment, while receiving the specialized care they require. Each residence is home to between three and 32 individuals who receive care from a staff of trained professionals. In homes that are designed to reflect each individuals' needs, including specially constructed homes for non-ambulatory individuals, every feature is designed to provide maximum mobility and safety. Designed to exceed strict Federal and state guidelines, these homes are unique structures for people with unique challenges. The ambitious goals of IGHL’s residential programs are to encourage growth toward living more independent lives, while providing a genuine sense of belonging; and, most importantly, to continually nurture each person’s physical, psychological and emotional growth.
IGHL is committed to providing comprehensive residential services to individuals who require 24-hour nursing care and intensive medical treatment. Our objective is to provide medical and nursing supports in a warm, home-like atmosphere. Today IGHL serves both children and adults, with plans to expand its network of services during the next several years.
In 1992, IGHL opened its Pine Street facility in East Moriches, NY. This nursing-intensive Intermediate Care Facility (“ICF”) offers its individuals the chance to live in a nurturing, safe and stimulating atmosphere while providing specialized care.
Pine Street provides 32 individuals with significant medical needs a comprehensive program that addresses their particular needs. The program includes 24-hour nursing care, expert physical therapy, recreational therapy programs and a sound, nutritional program.
Fundamental to the care provided is our direct support professional staff. All of our support staff receives extensive training so they are able to meet the diverse needs of each individual. Direct care staff provides training and support in the areas of activities of daily living and independent living skills.
During the day hours, a specially designed in-home day program provides meaningful recreational and social opportunities. The nursing-intensive ICF is a testament to our mission to provide lifelong alternatives for developmentally disabled adults. One of the first such facilities to be constructed in the State, it has served as a model for other organizations throughout the State.
Angela’s Houses, Individualized Residential Alternative (“IRA”) residential programs, are specifically constructed to meet the needs of seven technology dependent and medically frail children ages 4-12. Prior to placement with IGHL, several of these children were served out-of-state in hospital settings due to the lack of available programs on Long Island. Due to the frailty of the children, 24-hour nursing is required to provide a variety of medical services.
A nurse/manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of the home. Our direct support professional staff receives specialized training and provides vital care for the children. In addition, the children receive a matrix of clinical services including physical therapy, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, recreation and nutritional services. Physician services are provided on-site by the Stony Brook Pediatric Clinic.
Families visit frequently; IGHL’s open-door policy enables family members to visit their children when they choose.
In 2004, IGHL opened a small IRA to meet the needs of seven young adults requiring 24-hour nursing care. Similar to Angela’s House, a nurse/manager supervises the day-to-day operations of the home.
Nursing care is provided 24-hours each day. Direct support professional staff is trained to assist with activities of daily living and independent living skills. Clinical services, including physical therapy, speech therapy, music therapy and recreation, are provided based on the individual needs of each adult.
The barrier free residence is designed for full wheelchair accessibility and is furnished and decorated with input from each family. Moreover, a wheelchair accessible vehicle is available to facilitate community integration and involvement.
IGHL has two supportive IRA programs, which serve six adult men and women. These homes provide services to people with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. These individuals are able to live with minimal supervision and exhibit a high level of independence. Unlike other IGHL homes, 24-hour supervision is not required. One full-time residential coach works at each home providing oversight and guidance to the residents and remains on-call for emergencies. Individuals attend a wide array of day services, some in workshop or day habilitation settings, while others prefer supportive employment opportunities in the community.
Each person is taught a variety of skills, including money management, cooking, travel training and home management. Each participates in local community activities, including shopping, attending social and cultural events, religious services, to name a few. Both of these homes have been very successful in providing unique opportunities for individuals to live independent, productive lives in the community.
Today, IGHL operates 35 supervised IRAs in a variety of communities throughout Suffolk County. Individuals are given an opportunity to experience a family environment, while receiving the specialized care they require. Direct support professional staff and management staff are trained to provide assistance in the areas of daily living and independent living skills. The goal of each home is to incorporate chores and the required skills for independent living. Each person is encouraged to contribute to the upkeep of the home by working alongside his/her housemates and staff to keep their homes clean and organized. Support and training are provided in completing day-to-day chores, cooking, self-care and grooming, as well as money skills.
Our consumers enjoy being a part of their communities by participating in activities including: shopping, attending social and cultural events, volunteer projects, and working at a supportive or competitive job within the community.
IGHL operates 15 ICF programs, which provide services to over 150 consumers. Eight of these homes are designed to accommodate the needs of intellectual and physically disabled adults in a “barrier-free” setting. In specially constructed homes for non-ambulatory individuals, every feature is designed to provide maximum mobility and safety. Designed to meet strict federal guidelines, these homes are unique structures for people with unique challenges.
Through an interdisciplinary team process, each person’s needs are carefully assessed and an individual plan is developed to meet his/her needs. The goal of each residential program is to encourage growth toward living more independent lives, while providing a genuine sense of belonging and, most importantly, to nurture each individuals’ physical, psychological and emotional growth.
IGHL staff, including direct support professional staff, recreational specialists and management staff, is specially trained to provide support in the areas of activities of daily living and independent living skills. Clinical and nursing staff provides site-specific training and support for direct care and management staff. A strong support system for staff and well-integrated clinical services has always been the benchmark for quality residential services provided by IGHL.
IGHL operates three, three-bed Respite IRA residential facilities that provide a temporary home-like environment for individuals that live at home with their families and need some time away. The programs are fully staffed to meet the individuals’ needs that are presented that week, or weekend or even just overnight.
One of these Respite programs is a three-bed crisis respite program that provides temporary support and services for individuals who along with their disabilities have experienced a housing crisis that has placed them at a very high risk of personal safety. The program is also designed to serve individuals whose crisis is related to behavioral health issues that can be addressed by the clinical component that is designed into the program.