There are millions of individuals in the United States that require special needs due to a disability. With such a wide array of special needs, the assistance each person requires varies based on their particular disability. Furthermore, there are certain people with special needs that have severe disabilities. These individuals require the most care and support. In this article, we’ll explain what direct care services mean and the different options for individuals with severe disabilities.
What Are Direct Care Services?
Direct care services are essential services provided for someone who has intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). This includes individuals with special needs or those who are severely disabled. Direct care services involve a health professional—like a direct support professional (DSP), caregiver, nurse, health aide, social worker, speech therapist, physical therapist, or occupational therapist—providing care for the individual who needs it.
Direct care services depend on the individual’s needs but can include things like:
Depending on an individual’s disabilities, the direct care services they receive may be easier at specific locations. However, each option comes with its own pros and cons, including cost. Here are the main direct care service options for those with severe disabilities:
One example of a day-training/habilitation option is The New Transitions Center, which is a community-based organization focused on enhancing the lives of young adults with special needs and the loved ones who support them in the Roanoke, Texas area. The Center supports young adults with varying degrees of intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities, including those who may need assistance with ambulation and personal hygiene.
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