“Ian has developed a bond with the staff, so when he has issues he doesn’t hesitate to call them and tell them what he’s upset about and what his needs are. FCRS has also helped Ian make good choices for himself. Whether peer relationships, work situations, or taking care of his home, they treat him like a capable adult. I treat him like my son. There’s a big difference there and he responds so well to the capable adult.” Debbie Freece – son Ian is in the Supported Living Program.
Since 1987, FCRS has been helping men and women with developmental disabilities live independently. Funded by Medicaid through Individual Options Waivers, FCRS’ Supported Living Program is available to Franklin County residents.
Highly trained staff are dedicated to helping each individual realize their full potential. Each case is unique, and FCRS staff works with individuals and families to develop active treatment plans that are updated annually.
Staff members visit homes as needed and help individuals with a variety of daily and weekly activities, including:
- Hygiene skills
- Money management
- Grocery shopping
- Conflict resolution
- Access to community activities
- Social activities that encourage interaction
One of the primary goals of FCRS is to recognize individuals’ interests and choices and assist them when thinking about their future. FCRS’ Supported Living Program connects individuals with other people in the community and gives them the support needed to live happy, healthy lives.
For more information about FCRS’ long-term residential options, including the Supported Living Program, please contact us.
Spotlight on: MARY
One look around Mary’s apartment in Grandview and it’s easy to see why she is so proud. The neat, organized two-bedroom home is an oasis for her — offering her the opportunity to be independent while still receiving help when she needs it. Mary has been in Franklin County Residential Services’ Supported Living Program for 16 years. She previously lived in a home with two roommates, but in June 2010 moved into her own place, a four-unit building where the other tenants are also program members.
“I feel I have great people around me to work with,” Mary said. “I have a good home, live my life the way I want to live, and don’t have to answer to anyone. The staff really knows how to work with me and knows the things I like to do.”
This outgoing woman loves her job, going to the theater, and keeping busy with a number of extracurricular activities. Mary works out at the YMCA, goes on frequent outings with friends, and attends Me and My Friends, a popular weekly program that brings together individuals involved in the Supported Living Program.
In her spare time, she’s working on a biography that details her life. Staff members help Mary with weekly grocery shopping and money management, and are always close by if she needs anything. She says she never knew how happy she could be until she moved into her current home. For Mary, it’s a perfect fit.