Home and Community Habilitation
MCAR’s Home and Community Habilitation program builds relationships. This program pairs individuals with
intellectual and developmental disabilities with Aides — people who help individuals maximize and maintain daily
living skills, who serve as companions, or who help with household chores.
Habiltation Aide Services
Our Habiltation Aide Services offers one-on-one assistance. Our Hab Aides work with individuals on defined goals
meant to build and maintain an individual's independence. The outcome of these goals is for an individual to
continue to live in his own home or with his natural family. Aides and individuals work together on the following
living skills for independence:
- personal hygiene (bathing, teeth brushing)
- self care (grooming, eating, etc.)
- personal health care (medical appointments, prescriptions)
- household chores (shopping, cleaning, meal planning, cooking)
- financial management (banking, budgeting, tax payment)
- public resources (public transportation, community services, voting)
- life safety (emergency contacts, fire safety, civil rights)
- social skills (appropriate behaviors).
Aides and individuals schedule their time together — day or night — that best meets the individual's needs.
Aides will meet in an individual’s home or in the community to provide their services.
An individual chooses the Aide he wants to work with. In this way, a meaningful relationship develops. The power
of these relationships is evident when, with the support of his Hab Aide, an individual maintains his independence
and continues to live in his own home.
MCAR also offers Companion Services. Companion Aides build a relationship with the individual through activities
at home and in the community. These activities promote community inclusion and integration. Companion Aides and
individuals enjoy time together but do not focus on achieving defined goals or outcomes. Companion Aides do not
work on helping an individual maintain his independence.
Companion Aides can also serve the family by providing care when the family isn't at home. This service is meant
to ensure the health and safety of the individual, with the Companion Aide providing services in the home.
Homemaker Chore Aides provide much-needed household help for individuals with disabilities. When an individual
living on his own is not physically able to perform a household chore, a Homemaker Chore Aide will do it. Homemaker
Chore Aides help with preparing meals, doing laundry, cleaning, and other household tasks necessary to daily life
and maintenance of a home.
For more information on these services, contact our Habilitation Aide Coordinator at 724-981-2950 x 241.