|The Olean Center Residential Program provides supports to adults with developmental disabilities who qualify for services through BHDDH (Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals). Applications for services/supports must be voluntary and needs to be made through contact with the Olean Center or a BHDDH intake worker/social worker. The Olean Center has no blanket exclusions from services in the agency. Each request is reviewed on an individual basis and services are provided on need and availability of appropriate resources.|
At the present time the Olean Center operates residential supports in the following areas:
The Olean Center will provide supports to the individuals so they can be as independent as possible. Each person is recognized for their individuality and what they can contribute to their home, family, friends and community. Each person in the program will have an individualized program to meet their needs. Specific goals will be developed around independent living skills including making decisions for themselves, safety skills and community inclusion.
- Home / Family Support: Services are provided to individuals who reside with family members in the community. The services can include leisure/recreation activities, skill development such as cooking, cleaning, banking, budgeting money and activities of daily living such as hygiene and bathing.
- Apartment Support: Services are provided to individuals who are able to live semi-independently in the community with out the need for over night support. The services include leisure/recreation activity planning, skill development such as cooking, cleaning, banking, budgeting money, care of clothing, decision making, safety skill and routine medical assessments by physicians and specialists.
- Shared Living: This program consists of living in a personalized, nurturing private residence based on the individualís choice, relationships, community participation, and personal growth. This home is chosen by the individual in order to best support them in a natural setting by the Provider within their home dwelling.
Home, for those served by the Shared Living program, is a place where they feel secure, surrounded by the things that belong to them, and the people who share their lives. For many in the Shared Living program, choosing a new home is a comfortable transition from their own family homes or previous living situations. For others, particularly those that come from highly structured settings, the community homes they choose to live in provide a first-ever sense of identity and belonging.
In our Shared Living program, the individuals live in a private home, with a Provider who is a specially trained caregiver. The Provider supports the individual in acquiring skills and participating in community life according to her or his own interests and abilities. Because this model is designed around the needs of each individual, it is highly flexible and focused on personal choice for the Provider and the individual. This way, we can ensure that we create the best possible match for the Provider and the individual who comes to live in their home.