Individual Community Supports (ICS) services enable an individual to acquire and maintain skills that will allow them to function with greater independence in the community.
Community Skills Training, Personal Care and Respite supports provide one-to-one support for personal care and daily living skills to individuals with disabilities. Community Skills Training enhances a child or adult’s ability to participate in the life of his or her community. Personal Care Services are provided in the home and may include assistance with bathing, dressing, and meal preparation.
Respite is a support that provides periodic relief for the family or primary caregiver of an individual by supervising and caring for that individual when the caregiver needs a break of the care giving responsibilities.
Melissa has been spreading warm wishes to hundreds of patients at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Women and Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina. With the help of her Individual Community Support (ICS) Paraprofessional, Melissa has delivered more than 100 new, hand-made quilts to children and women spending the Holiday in the hospital.
Her mother’s quilting group makes the quilts each year, and Melissa volunteers to transport them to the hospital nursing staff. Melissa, who is 26 years old and has autism, is happy to make others warm this winter.