The Great Bay Services' Independent Living Program is designed to serve members who are currently receiving Section 21 and Section 29 waivers. The mission of Independent Living is to help maintain and strengthen independence for individuals who are either currently living at home with their families or roommates as well as to recipients who live in their own homes or apartments.
Housekeeping, laundry, ensuring safety in the home such as monitoring smoke alarms, potential hazards for falling, expired foods etc. Health and nutrition support to include menu planning, grocery shopping, price comparisons, storing foods safely, meal prep, cooking, and portion control. Budgeting and banking, bill paying, saving for incidentals and procuring and securing entitlements. Personal hygiene supports to include cues, reminders or physical assistance with showering, proper dental care, appropriate weather attire etc. Education and modeling to learn public transportation when available.
Medication oversight of accuracy, follow through, refills, reporting missed dosages, monitoring side effects, assistance with administration of medication by certified CRMA’s. Support with scheduling, transportation, and advocacy to medical, dental, and psychiatric appointments. Self-management in the areas of safe and responsible behavior, advocating in the members’ best interest including conveying information and interpreting information. This also includes teaching coping skills, giving emotional support and assistance with accessing any necessary resources needed.
Monitoring and reporting of a member’s personal wellbeing specifically in the areas of possible abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Encouragement and assistance with accessing community events and social opportunities. All services are designed to support each individual member reach his/her personal goals as outlined in their personal care plan.
Independent Living offers flexible hours including evenings and weekends seven days a week to people who work and/or attend other programs.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Susan Marcellino at Smarcellino@greatbayservices.org or call at (207)351-7138.