Helping individuals grow socially and physically by participating in meaningful activities.
Community Access Services are designed to assist the participant in acquiring, retaining, or improving self-help, socialization, and adaptive skills required for active community participation and independent functioning outside the participant’s home or family home.
These services are interventions in the areas of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development and may include training in the areas of daily living skills (including leisure/recreation skills); communication training; mobility training; programming to reduce inappropriate and/or maladaptive behaviors; and training in the use of common community resources.
The emphasis of training will be on assisting the individual in increasing self-help, socialization skills, skills of daily living and adaptive skills required for active community participation and independent functioning outside the participant’s home or family home. These activities include accompanying individuals to the grocery store or eating establishments; teaching an individual how to participate in appropriate social and recreational activities; and accessing other activities of community living. These services can be provided in a group or individual setting.
Leanne used to speak with very short sentences that made little sense or were not relevant. She frequently repeated words that someone said to her and didn’t understand when others asked her a question or gave her directions. Working with our staff and learning new skills, Leanne has become increasingly responsive in her communication. She is now able to carry on conversations and understand better what is going on around her.
When Pam came to Hope Haven, she often acted out and grabbed at staff and peers. It was difficult for her to interact with others due to these behaviors and her limited social skills. Through staff prompting and increased interaction with others, Pam began to feel more comfortable. Now Pam volunteers regularly at a local nursing home and enjoys spending time with the residents who live there. She has become very social with our staff and her peers and has even taken up dancing!