Individuals accessing this program live independently in their own homes or apartments and actively participate in their immediate communities. These individuals are able to have up to 29 hours per week of staff support in areas necessary to allow them to continue to experience successful, independent lives. Staff supports could include “hands on” assistance in learning to choose/shop/prepare healthy foods, maintain a clean home, or prepare a budget/help with budgeting. Supports could also include transportation and companionship for activities in the community such as shopping, medical appointments, movies, dances, hiking, and much more.
All staff have received extensive training including CPR/First Aid, medication administration, behavior management, as well as, additional specialized training on the medical/behavioral needs of the individual for which they are responsible.
Michael came to Spectrum Community Services-CMP from White Haven center in 2007 and it’s been quite a ride ever since. The easy-going, Pokémon loving Michael we all know and love has not always been this way; it took a lot of hard work and dedication from Michael and his team. When Michael first came to CMP, he was on 48 units of insulin throughout the day. Now he is only on 12 units! Additionally, he has lost over 100 pounds by making healthier food choices such as kale, fish, spinach, and broccoli. Michael used to eat all his meals slouched down using only a spoon but has since learned to use other utensils appropriate for the meal he is eating. Michael now chooses to go out into the community and engage with his peers. Through the change in behaviors in all aspects of Michael’s life, he is a much healthier and happier individual!