Specialized personal assistance services are designed to provide an extra set of hands to those who care for individuals with developmental disabilities. This specialized level of care is appropriate for individuals who have more challenging behaviors – such as physical or verbal aggression, property destruction, self-injury, self-stimulation, or elopement – and therefore need more support than traditional personal assistance can provide. The service is appropriate for individuals of any age, from a 4-year-old who needs help redirecting or managing tantrums to an adult demonstrating severe aggressive behavior who requires 2:1 support from staff wearing protective gear. This service can also support individuals who need help with toileting or hygiene routines such as bathing, tooth brushing, dressing, etc.
Our team of specialized personal assistance professionals are experienced and passionate about working with individuals who have developmental disabilities. All our care providers are trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles and collaborate with the individual’s ABA service provider to ensure consistency in implementation of the behavior treatment plan. In addition, all of our care providers have passed a live scan clearance as validated by DOJ and FBI, maintain current CPR and First Aid certification, and are certified in Non-Violent Crisis Prevention and Intervention (NCPI).
Specialized personal assistance services may be used as additional support during the provision of ABA services if 2:1 support is needed to ensure safety. Specialized personal assistance services may also be provided in a hospital, group home, day program, or other facility-based setting if the behavioral needs of the individual warrant the increased level of support.
Specialized personal assistance services can only be provided for the individual authorized for care. Services can be provided in the home or in the community, however, it’s important to note that our staff cannot provide transportation. Sessions may be as short in duration as 2 hours, or support may be provided 24/7 depending on the needs of the individual. Prior to initiating care, a supervisor conducts an initial appointment to understand the needs of the specific individual and family, and identifies personal assistance providers who are a good match. A supervisor is assigned to every specialized personal assistance case.