Habilitation is a face-to-face service that helps individuals acquire, maintain, and improve self-help, domestic, social, and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in home and community based settings.
Habilitation helps individuals participate in visits with friends, family, and advisory boards. It also helps individuals exercise civic responsibilities, and ensures overall health and safety. Habilitation services can be provided either by a service agency that employs trained individuals who provide assistance, or by someone the person and family already knows who is qualified and willing to provide assistance.
Habilitation services may be scheduled on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Typical support sessions range from 3-6 hours, but may also be adjusted to fit the individual’s needs. Habilitation services may also be provided up to 24 hours a day based on the needs of the individual in order to protect the individual‘s health and welfare. Gene Cook Supports, LLC offers both Individual and group habilitation services.
Habilitation services consist of support in the following areas:
- Fine and gross motor skills
- Personal adjustment
- Relationship development
- Use of community resources
Home and community habilitation is designed to help participants access and use community resources. These resources include:
- Activities relating to community life
- Development and maintenance of financial responsibility
- Volunteering in community groups
Habilitation aides provide the following types of support:
- Supporting individuals in their home and/or family settings.
- Helping individuals learn to access and use community resources, including public transportation, grocery markets and other shopping areas, etc.
- Guiding individuals toward the development and maintenance of financial stability and security. This includes achieving self-support, general banking, balancing accounts, and small record keeping.
- Enabling individuals to visit with friends and family in the community.
- Guiding individuals toward locating and obtaining available resources.
- Accompanying individuals in associations, groups, functions, volunteer associations, and community work projects.
- Assisting individuals with exercising their rights as a citizen (voting, advocacy, community action, etc).