A part of her family

For most of Pam’s life, her parents were her main source of support. Her parents were getting older, and as their health began to decline, they were worried about what would happen to Pam. Their main goal was for Pam to be safe, happy, and healthy – but they also wanted her to eventually move into their family home on her own. Her parents came to AbleLight for help, and our staff determined that 24/7 care through our Supported Living Services program was the best fit for Pam.

Supported Living Services (SLS) are tailored to the individual’s unique needs so that they can live as independently as possible, in their own home. This is a great option for someone with their own personal living situation that needs additional assistance with certain skills or tasks. At AbleLight, SLS programs can vary greatly depending on each person’s needs, goals, and wants. Our SLS Instructors can visit people a few times a week to assist with things like household chores, grocery shopping, laundry, budgeting, meal preparation, and transportation to appointments. Some people require more care for medical or safety reasons, and they can receive 24/7 care through our SLS program.

Pam initially lived in a mobile home close to her parent’s house. It was her home, and she was able to live there with support from her parents and AbleLight. The AbleLight team assisted Pam with things like personal hygiene, meal preparation, transportation to appointments, and managing her medication. When her parents moved into an assisted living home, they wanted Pam to move back home. Even though it was the house Pam grew up in, she was not on board right away. AbleLight’s care team worked with Pam and her parents to slowly help Pam feel more comfortable. The move was complete while Pam’s father was still alive, and he was very grateful to the care team who went above and beyond to make his dream come true and establish a better living situation for Pam.

Today, Pam is thriving. The team reports that she has evolved from the quiet, reserved personality they met when they first began caring for her over fifteen years ago to a person who can better communicate her emotions and needs. Although she misses her parents, AbleLight will always be part of her family.

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A gift today can transform the lives of people with developmental disabilities in some of these powerful and meaningful ways –

  • A young adult who gets to go to college for the first time through our AbleLight College programs
  • An individual is welcomed into a new safe and loving home and doesn’t risk homelessness or living in an unsafe environment
  • Quality care is delivered by a care professional to support an individual with complex needs
  • An individual gets the assistive technology device they need to independently manage their medications and improve their quality of life
  • A person is able to participate in faith and worship during the most challenging of times

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