Since the 1970s, MCAR has offered residential services to individuals with disabilities. Through medical care homes, behavioral care homes, group and family living, we provide a safe and secure place for individuals to enjoy everyday life.
Group Home Living
MCAR owns and operates 17 group homes located in the community. All are single-family, one-level houses that are well-kept, comfortable, safe, and can accommodate wheel chairs and walkers. A MCAR group home residence is like any regular home – with the same types of accommodations, furnishings and activities. The individuals who live in our group homes are supported 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by loving, caring staff. Staff assist residents with developing skills that will allow the individuals the greatest independence and satisfaction possible.
Our residential staff are well trained to care for people with disabilities and to help them with their daily needs, like bathing and dressing. They are also trained in fire safety, medical emergencies and procedures, prescription handling and dispensing and behavior modification. Every staff person maintains current CPR and required health certifications. Our residential staff are also trained to care for people with challenging behaviors such as Prader-Willi, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other behavioral disorders. We develop individualized Behavior Support Plans that outline strategies to help a person modify, stabilize or reduce his/her behaviors. In addition, all residents have a person-centered plan. Our goal is to improve their quality of life.
Each group home resident has his or her own bedroom that is decorated with personal furnishings. Our residents share the common living areas and enjoy their meals together. Each home has its own vehicle to transport residents to day programs, medical appointments and to enjoy recreational and social activities in the community. More than just providing skilled care to our individuals, our residential staff treat every person living in one of our homes as a valued member of MCAR's "family" — with dignity, care and respect.
Our life sharing program provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live with a family in the local community. Families are carefully screened and their homes diligently inspected before being matched with an individual. The goal of this program is to enrich the lives of both the individual and the participating family by creating meaningful, mutual relationships.
Our Respite Care Program provides families and caregivers a temporary break from their routine responsibilities and challenges. Respite care can be for an hour, a day, a weekend or up to a week.
Respite care is used when families want or need a short break from caregiving. Families use respite time for leisure or recreation, when they want to vacation or get away on their own. Respite care may also be used in the event of emergency situations, medical procedures, hospital stays or personal business. Arrangements can be made for an MCAR respite care worker to stay in the individual's home, or for the individual to stay in MCAR housing.
Since 1952, we have been a leading provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Today, we promote human rights, provide residential services and create employment opportunities for those with disabilities.
Whether it's becoming a member or donating a monetary gift, help us raise awareness and create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There are a number of different ways to get involved with The Arc of Mercer County.
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