Services from the Heart
Companion Services are direct (face-to-face) services provided to individuals living in private residences for the limited purposes of providing supervision and necessary care and minimal assistance that is focused solely on the health and safety of the adult individual (18 years of age and older) with intellectual disAbilities This service is not available to people who are residing in Unlicensed or Licensed Residential Habilitation settings. Companion services are used in lieu of In-Home and Community Supports services to protect the health and welfare of the individual when an ISP outcome is not appropriate or feasible (that is, when the individual is not learning, enhancing, or maintaining a skill). This service can be used for asleep hours when only supervision or non-medical care is needed to protect the safety of the individual with intellectual disAbilities. For example, a companion can be used during overnight hours for an individual who lives on their own but does not have the ability to safely evacuate in the event of an emergency. This service can also be used to supervise individuals during socialization or community participation activities when necessary to ensure the individual‘s safety. Companions may supervise and provide necessary care and minimal assistance with daily living activities, including grooming, health care, household care, meal preparation and planning, and socialization. This service may not be provided at the same time as any other direct service.
"The severity of one's disability does not determine their level of potential. The greatest barriers that persons with disabilities have to overcome are not steps or curbs, it's expectations."