GEC's Residential Services Program now includes 17 facilities nestled in quiet southwest Brooklyn neighborhoods, which provide comfortable, tasteful and safe homes and apartments with staffing levels appropriate to the needs of each individual.
Residences are tailored to provide a home-like environment while providing opportunities for growth and independence.
Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) provide an intensive team approach to providing services and supports to individuals with significant physical and cognitive challenges. The Interdisciplinary team includes medical, social work, psychology and recreation staff as well as educators and clinical staff as necessary. ICFs provide comprehensive direct care through 24 hour staffing, backed by a full team of other professional staff.
Individual Residential Alternatives (IRAs) serve individuals enrolled in the Home and Community Based Medicaid Waiver (HCBS Waiver) and provide a structured and therapeutic environment for individuals with significant cognitive and adaptive challenges. IRAs are a newer model and serve smaller groups of individuals, usually from 7 to 10 per residence. During the day, individuals who live in our IRAs and other residences attend a variety of day services within the Guild and at other agencies. The individuals in our IRAs are provided with many opportunities to further develop their skills and interests, facilitating their participation in communities of their choice.
Supportive Apartments and Community Residences serve individuals who are able to much more independently navigate life challenges. We help these individuals manage their finances, live healthy lifestyles, obtain medical or other types of assistance when necessary and counsel them when they are having difficulty at work or with friends. We strive to help these individuals develop and retain as much independence as possible while encouraging them to grow and explore their interests.
The goal of GEC's residential services is to enhance the health, security and independence of all residents through community interaction and individually tailored programs in a warm, supportive home environment. For information, contact Laura Thompson, Director for Residential Services, at 718.836.6457.