New Group Homes for Intellectually Disabled Young Adults | Community Spirit
Mainstream Living introduces two group homes for persons with intellectual disabilities with high medical needs. This provides the state with a new concept of care.
The two homes are Baker House in Des Moines and Aspen House in Ames.
Both homes can accommodate up to five young adults with high medical needs. They are traditional group homes that come with specialized amenities and 24-hour medical services.
Mainstream Living is the only agency in Iowa pursuing projects to meet the medical needs of this special population and they want to expand special housing for them.
A statistic says that in Polk County alone, there are almost 50 mentally and physically disabled children between the ages of 17 and 21 who receive no service because they don’t meet the age requirement of the adult service system by federal rules.
Mainstream Living wishes to build a network of high medical needs homes in central Iowa. Right now, the company is in the middle of a campaign aimed at raising $1 million for a third 50,000-square-foot home, in West Des Moines on property donated by Bill Knapp Sr.
The company also intends to make homes as accessible for the residents as needed with the right furniture, equipment and vehicles that will be needed for medical assistance.
Apart from residents having their own single bedrooms and separate bathrooms, there will also be a special tub with hydrotherapy jets and a hand-manipulated hose to prevent pressure sores.
Each home will come with a communal great room, a fully equipped kitchen, and a sunroom. The hallways will be offset to an angle to avoid the straight-corridor impression of a nursing home or state institution. Vans will be provided with wheelchair lifts.
The accommodations at these homes don’t stop at just the residents but also for their families. Sleeper sofas will be provided for family members so they can stay as long as they wish at any time of their choosing.
Families of residents in the past have expressed their relief to CEO Reno Berg about having these homes within their own communities. Berg’s long term plan for these homes is to have them across different counties and communities.
“Young adults who come here are surrounded with a support system of family and friends in addition to their health care providers, therapists and so on. Mainstream Living is working with the central Iowa community to create a badly needed community for the future of young people with special health care needs,” said Berg. “It behooves those of us who do not have children with severe disabilities to make a home in the community for those folks so they can be near family and friends, thus helping families who have been so affected.”
For more information, visit www.mainstreamliving.org.