Community Integration

Nursing Home Transition & Relocation

Individuals with disabilities prefer to live in their chosen community environment outside of nursing homes. We can assist them with the necessary support services they will need to successfully transition out into the community. Ability 1st Utah assists people with disabilities who are living in a nursing home, intermediate care facilities for intellectual disabilities, or other types of institutions, to relocate into a community-based living environment in our center’s service area, Utah, Wasatch, Juab and Sanpete Counties. Our Staff provides individualized services with advocacy assistance, skills training, and other assistance in helping individuals to understand and utilize federal, state and local programs that will assist them in their transition process.

Eligibility

Participants are expected to be actively involved in their transition planning. They are to work with staff on determining goals and they will be responsible for helping to make sure that their goals become a reality. For those in need of state assistance, in order to be eligible for their services, the individual must have been in an institution for at least three (3) months.  There is no cost for nursing home transition services. Reintegration means discovering you DO have choices. Too often individuals who have spent years in a nursing home become “institutionalized” and are not aware of the options available to them. We assist people with disabilities who are living in nursing homes, intermediate care facilities or other types of institutions, to relocate into a community-based living environment. Center staff provides individualized services with advocacy assistance, skills training, and assistance in helping to understand and utilize federal, state and local programs during this transition process. Because consumers are individuals with various levels of need, apprehension and motivation, the speed of transition will vary from one to another.

Goals of Nursing Home Transition/ Relocation Program

To educate persons with disabilities about their choices for community-based living. To teach persons with disabilities decision-making skills and to be their own advocates as they deal with all of the individuals involved in their transition. To teach persons with disabilities the skills necessary for them to live in the community successfully. To help persons with disabilities to identify community resources in assisting them to move back to the community with the necessary support services in place.

For more information, please contact:

Nursing Home Transition Specialists

Deon Anderson

e-mail: Deon@Ability1stUtah.org  Phone: 801-373-5044 ext#207

(Utah & Wasatch Counties)

Wendy Hansen

e-mail: Wendy@Ability1stUtah.org Phone: 435-283-4949

Sanpete & Juab Counties