Residential services starts by getting to know a person. Interviews and observation are used to discover a person’s interests, preferences, and goals – both short-term and long-term. The team – composed of the person, invited family members and friends, staff, and consultants – writes a detailed plan outlining how the person wants to live his/her life, including services that he/she wants and needs. The plan will be periodically updated to reflect progress and changes in the person’s life. Each plan is personal and unique – just like we are.
Depending on the person’s current situation and hopes for the future, a written plan is developed that incorporates a combination of supports and scheduled skills development. As progress is made, the team continues to identify ways that a person can increase independence and achieve his/her goals – through environmental modification, use of technology, or continued learning.
Plans often include skills development in one or more areas: housekeeping, cooking, finance, grooming, health management, communications, safety, etc. Depending on a person’s goals, interests, and abilities, he/she may be identifying and working on acquiring skills needed to pursue a more independent lifestyle. Alternatives are also considered – we all need to eat, but we don’t all need to cook from scratch. Some people may learn simpler methods of cooking and some may concentrate on related skills such as safe storage of food, healthy selection of meals and snacks, or portion control. Staff provide support where needed, according to each person’s plan. Opportunities for participation and making choices are offered as much as possible.
Each person is encouraged to look his/her best, based on personal style choices within weather, financial, and age-appropriate considerations. Assistance with cleanliness and grooming is provided as needed. Individual shopping trips and hair appointments are arranged as necessary. Health management includes assistance with medication administration, monitoring of known health conditions, scheduling of medical/dental appointments, and appropriate follow-up for any illnesses or injuries. In-house registered nurses review staff concerns, schedule appointments as needed, and ensure that doctor’s orders are followed. When appropriate, staff can assist with creating a training program designed to enable self-administration of medication. If needed, range of motion exercises, re-positioning, and recommended exercises are incorporated into daily routines. People are encouraged to make food and activity choices that will have a positive impact on overall health.
A risk assessment identifies areas where each person needs support to stay safe in various situations. The assessment may also reveal that a person’s desired quality of life may be enhanced by allowing an acceptable level of risk where he/she has demonstrated the ability to manage the risk. Although we know that we would be safer if we stayed home 24/7, we are allowed to choose to take on the risk of traveling by car because we believe that our lives are better with a combination of travel and an acceptable level of risk than it would be staying in the safety of our homes. People with disabilities also deserve the option of choosing an acceptable level of risk in order to pursue a greater degree of independence.
Financial support may include assistance with balancing a checkbook, paying bills, and completing benefit paperwork. Budgeting is used as a tool to identify available discretionary income and purchases that match a person’s goals, needs, and wants. People are encouraged to participate in normal chores and responsibilities of maintaining a home – dusting, setting the table, meal prep, grocery shopping, shoveling snow, watering flowers, etc.
Kalix offers residential services in a variety of physical locations – including a home owned or rented by the service recipient. Some people prefer the independence and privacy of an apartment. Others like or need the availability of staff and social interaction in a group home. Kalix owns group homes in Minot and apartment buildings in Minot, Belcourt, and Rolla.
Residential services are also available in a person’s own home, with individualized supports/assistance scheduled as needed, usually for 10-25 hours per week.
Many of the living quarters are designed to accommodate roommates. Sharing an apartment or bedroom with a roommate can be both challenging and rewarding. Selection of roommates considers compatibility, interests, and lifestyles. Roommates have a very practical opportunity to work on relationship skills such as respecting privacy, being considerate of others, and sharing.
All tenants are encouraged and assisted to create an environment that reflects personal tastes and interests. Furniture, decorations, and personal belongings are used to make the home look attractive, feel comfortable, and tell visitors something about the occupants.
Each location offers modern kitchens, an outdoor grilling area, space to get together with other tenants or visitors, and opportunities to garden. Buildings meet safety standards and are well-maintained. Each residential setting is licensed as Residential Habilitation or Intermediate Care Facility / Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (ICF/IDD), and services in a person’s own may be offered under Residential Habilitation or Independent Habilitation.
Kalix is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Residential services includes support with relationships and planning for recreational opportunities. Assistance with maintaining relationships can include correspondence, phone calls, and arrangements for visits. Activities may include hobbies and games pursued at home or participation in community events. Whether a person prefers a quiet dinner at a favorite restaurant or a rock concert during the state fair, staff provide assistance with planning, transportation, and on-site support if needed.