Community Companion Home Support Featured in Hartford Courant

An op-ed by Minnie Jamies, a provider in the DDS Community Companion Homes program.

Individuals with intellectual disability can lead more independent lives
By Minnie James

One of the greatest concerns parents of individuals with intellectual disability have is how will their loved one be cared for, or how their loved one will care for themselves, when they — as parents — are not able to do so. The Connecticut Department of Developmental Services has a wide array of support systems that can help individuals with intellectual disability lead more independent lives. I have the great fortune of working with DDS on one of those supports, as a provider in its Community Companion Homes program.

A Community Companion Home helps to replicate the environment of family care by matching an individual with intellectual disability to a family who is willing to have that person live in their home just like a member of the family. CCH providers give on-going care to the individual with help from professional nurses, case managers, and other coordinators. The results benefit parents, families, individuals in need of support, and the providers who open their homes to provide care.

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