We understand that people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries are unique individuals. For this reason, we use a person-centered approach in order to find the program that suits the needs of each person.
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We provide the right mix of independence, security and support for them to thrive and reach their full potential.
Our group home program features:
Contact Bear Creek Services about group home availability today at (507) 288 - 7195 or email@example.com
The BCILS program can help your client or loved one transition from living in a family or group home, into living on their own. We provide the life skills training necessary and practice them in real-life settings.
In the BCILS program, your client or loved one will reside in a temporary home with trained staff while they are taught a variety of life skills:
At present, we have several successful graduates who are now living more independent lives in the Rochester community.
Christina, who graduated from Barton Place I in 2013 and currently lives in her own apartment is a shining example of what individuals with disabilities can achieve when given the proper environment and support services.
Click here to read: Rochester Area Foundation Article on BCILS
To enroll your loved one in BCILS, their case manager must contact the BCILS Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-288-7195. During this initial discussion, we will schedule a tour of the training apartment and provide more detailed information. If the team believes BCILS would be a good experience for your loved one, your loved one will be placed on the waiting list.
Your client or loved one must be at least 18 years old to enroll in the program.
Most people are enrolled between 4–6 months, though some stay longer or shorter depending upon how they progress in the program. The goal is not to get someone out as soon as possible, but to make sure your client or loved one has mastered the skills necessary for success when living independently.
Participants typically move into their own apartment and live by themselves or with a roommate if they choose.
If your client or loved one needs some extra assistance when they move into their own place, Bear Creek Services can provide supplemental support services to help them maintain their independence.
We assess your client or loved one’s independent living skills through observation in real-life settings. Skill sets are rated on a 4-point scale where 1point means the individual needs total assistance and 4 points means the person can complete skills independently. Your client or loved one will be tested within the first 2-4 weeks and periodically reassessed with a final assessment before they graduate from the program.
Staff members are present during the day when enrollees are not at work. There is also an overnight staff who has their own room in the apartment unit. The Barton Place I apartment for women is all female-staffed, and the Barton Place II apartment for men is all male-staffed.
Staff are there to assist, mentor, and teach BCILS enrollees to do things as independently as possible. The goal is for your client or loved one to become self-reliant, though staff will help as needed.
Your client or loved one will need some form of income to pay rent and purchase items such as food, hygiene products and clothes that are necessary to meet their living needs.
Participants’ families are very much involved in the process as you are an important part of the team that monitors your loved one’s progress. Since you have extensive first-hand knowledge of your loved one’s strengths and difficulties, we rely on your help to determine when they are ready to move onto the next step of the program.
Staff members who work at BCILS go through an intensive training process that includes first aid, CPR, medication administration, and principles of person-centered training.
For more information about BCILS program please contact us at email@example.com or call us at (507) 288-7195.
If your client or loved one is already living in a home of their own, but still needs some assistance, our in-home support services may be the support they need to lead fuller, more independent lives. The In-Home Support programs are designed to provide varying levels of support that align with our clients’ individual goals.
Contact Bear Creek Services today at (507) 288 – 7195 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how we can help your client or loved one thrive while living on their own.
Your client will receive between 2-6 hours of assistance each week, as determined by the Olmsted County Community Services Department. The specifics of the program are based on your loved one’s individual needs.
Some skills include:
While participants have often recently graduated from the Bear Creek Independent Living Services program (BCILS), your client or loved one is not required to enter BCILS to enter the In-Home Support program.
In the SILS program, your client or loved one would live in a personal or family home. Each person will receive between 5-10 hours of assistance each week, as determined by the Olmsted County Social Services Department.
The goal of the Supplemental Independent Living Skill Program is to teach independent living skills. SILS is less time-intensive than the BCILS program, and your client or loved one can learn new skills at their own pace.
Some skills include:
We host a variety of programs including:
If you would like more information about which programs might be appropriate for your client or loved one, contact us at email@example.com or call us at (507) 288-7195.
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