Community Services

Providing the necessary support services. In the home. In the community. In step with the goals, needs, and desires of the individual and families.

Overview

Lifetime Assistance provides a variety of supports to help individuals and families live their lives as they choose. Each service is specifically tailored to the individual, giving them control over their services and the ability to make their own choices.

Service Coordination

Our knowledgeable and dedicated Service Coordinators work in a person-centered approach to help each person realize their goals, needs, and desires. Collaboration is key to developing each service plan; including the individual, their family members, natural supports and other support providers. Creating a plan that allows a person to live life to the fullest, while ensuring access to all needed supports, truly defines success. Areas that Service Coordinators assist with include:

  • Advocacy & maintaining benefits
  • Respite (in-home and out-of-home)
  • Finding suitable living arrangements & work opportunities
  • Completing paperwork
  • School support
  • Community recreation
  • Linkage and support

Self-Directed Services

This service allows individuals with developmental disabilities to have control over the supports and services they receive. The individual works closely with a broker of their choice to manage funds allocated by the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The broker provides training and support to help the individual gain the skills and competencies required to hire and supervise staff.

Fiscal Intermediary (FI)

A Fiscal Intermediary acts as the business and human resources office for individuals who participate in Self- Direction. FIs process all payments, review budgets before final submission to funders, and monitor ongoing spending of the budgets using expenditure reports. They also provide hiring, training, and other administrative services for staff. FIs attend initial planning meetings as well as ongoing Individual Service Plan meetings.

Community Habilitation

The mission of this service is to provide families and individuals who live in the community with the necessary life skills training to be able to live and work independently.

  • Utilizing community resources, we provide opportunities and choices for community-based learning.
  • Opportunities to participate in a college learning environment
  • Transportation assistance
  • Comprehensive Parenting training
  • Training for parents with developmental disabilities
  • Family support and planning based on needs and goals

Family Reimbursement Program

The Lifetime Assistance Foundation grants funds for families who care for their loved ones at home. Examples include:

  • Beds
  • Winter coats and boots
  • Clothing
  • Medical supplies
  • Specialized camps and programs

In-home support services

Assists individuals in developing independent living skills.

Respite Services

  • Lifetime Assistance respite services allows family members a needed break from the often overwhelming responsibility of caring for a loved one with developmental disabilities.
  • Individuals co-manage the staffing structure in choosing who cares for them during respite in the home or out in the community.
  • Two agency sponsored homes are available where individuals can spend an overnight or a weekend.
  • Afternoon respite is available at 425 Paul Road between 3pm and 5pm.