Support Descriptions

The Support Services We Offer

Chore Services (725)

Services needed to maintain a clean, sanitary, and safe environment in an individual’s home, including heavy household chores.  Services are provided when:  No one in the household is capable of either performing or paying for the services AND No other relative, caregiver, landlord, community/volunteer agency, or third-party player is capable of or responsible for the provision of these services.  Examples include, but are not limited to:  washing floors, windows, and walls; tacking down loose rugs and tiles; moving heavy items of furniture for safe access.  This is a one-time or occasional service.

 Community Living and Inclusion Supports (726)

Provide support for individuals to participate in activities in integrated settings to facilitate independence and promote community inclusion and contribution.  Skill instruction and/or attendant care support to participate in typical adult activities which allows the individual to acquire, retain, or improve skills that contribute to:  independence, productivity/employment, integration, and/or maintenance of the individual’s physical and mental skills.  Examples include, but are not limited to: social activities like swimming, Special Olympics, or going to the library; and, training in personal hygiene, self-awareness, or basic household chores (laundry, cooking, budgeting).

Environmental Accessibility Adaptations (728)

Physical adaptations which are necessary to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the individual in the home, or which enable the individual to function with greater independence in the home.  Examples include: environmental modification consultation, installation of shatter-proof windows, an alarm system, protective covering for smoke detectors/light fixtures, sound and visual monitoring systems, fencing, etc. 

Family Training (729)

Training and counseling services for the family of an individual to increase capabilities of the family to care for, support, and maintain the individual in the home.  Services are provided by licensed psychologists, professionals licensed to practice medicine, social workers, counselors, or in organized conferences that are limited to topics related to the individual’s disability, identified support needs, or specialized medical or habilitative support needs.  Examples include: instruction and treatment regimens and use of equipment specified in the ISP; information, education, and training about the individual’s disability, medical, and behavioral conditions; and, counseling for the family to relieve the stress associated with caring for the individual.

Homemaker Services (730)

Support consisting of general household activities such as meal preparation and routine household care provided by a trained homemaker.  Services can only be provided when the person normally responsible for these activities is:  temporarily absent; OR unable to manage the home as well as care for self and individual in the home; OR needs to devote additional time to care for the individual.

Non-Medical Transportation (731)

Services that allow individuals to gain access to waiver services, community services, activities and resources that are not medical in nature.  Examples include:  assistance to get to and from work, community shopping, recreation, and other non-medical activities.

Occupational Therapy (732)

These services are assessment, family/provider training in carrying out specific recommendations, consultation, and direct hands-on therapy provided by an appropriately licensed professional.

Personal Emergency Response Systems (733)

Electronic devices required by certain individuals to secure help in an emergency for safety in the home and the community.  Services are limited to people who:  live alone or, are alone for significant parts of the day and would otherwise require extensive routine supervision or would otherwise require an attendant while out in the community.

Physical Therapy Services (734)

These services are assessment, family/provider training in carrying out specific recommendations, consultation, and direct hands-on therapy provided by an appropriately licensed professional.

 Respite Care (735)

Respite is short-term care and supervision, provided because of the absence, or need for relief, of persons normally providing the care to individuals unable to care for themselves.  Temporary respite care is provided on less than a 24-hour basis and may include spending the afternoon in a neighbor’s home.  Overnight respite is provided in 24-hour segments that may be sequential.

Special Diets (736)

Specially prepared food and/or particular types of food needed to sustain the individual in the family home.  Special diets must be ordered by a physician and monitored by a physical periodically.  Special diets are not supplements and are not intended to meet an individual’s complete daily nutritional requirements.  Examples include:  high caloric supplements, gluten-free supplements, and ketogenic or other metabolic supplements.

Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies (737)

Devices, aids, controls, supplies, or appliances that enable individuals to increase their abilities to perform activities of daily living or to perceive, control, or communicate with the environment in which they live.  Examples include:  adaptive equipment for eating, incontinence items or devices, manual wheelchair, specially designed clothes, assistive technology, computer software, environmental adaptations, and sensory stimulation equipment.

Specialized Supports (738)

Treatment, training, consultation or other unique services necessary to achieve outcomes in the plan of care.  Typical supports include the services of a behavior consultant, a licensed nurse or a social/sexual consultant to:  assess the needs of the individual and family, including environmental factors; develop a plan of support; train caregivers to implement the support plan; monitor implementation of the plan; and, revise the plan as needed.

Speech and Language Therapy Services (739)

These services are assessment, family/provider training in carrying out specific recommendations, consultation, and direct hands-on therapy provided by an appropriately licensed professional.

 Supported Employment (740)

Provision of job training and supervision available to assist an individual who needs intensive ongoing support to choose, get, and keep a job in the community business setting.  Examples include:  job exploration and coaching; specialized work equipment or clothing not covered by the employer (under ADA); specialized training required for the job; and, community assessment.