Helping Kansans with disabilities to live and work in our community by promoting choices, independence and a better life.
Helping Kansans with disabilities to live and work in our community by promoting choices, independence and a better life.
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Residential Services

 Residential supports are key to individuals with disabilities obtaining and maintaining the highest level of independence possible.  Through our Community Living program, KETCH provides training, support services, and assistive technology to allow individuals with disabilities to do just that.  Options for Community Living settings include apartments, homes, duplexes, or the family’s home.  Based on each individual’s specific needs, staff support is arranged to provide training and supervision.  Training, support services, and technology are focused on assisting persons to learn new skills, to enhance their involvement and participation in the community, and to become as self-sufficient as possible.

Individuals who choose to live in the community can receive assistance with household duties such as meal planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, communication, budgeting and money management, hygiene and personal appearance, social skills, safety, community awareness, transportation, etc.

What types of residential services are offered at KETCH?

Community Living Services provides or arranges support, training, activities, and assistive technology to assist the individual to live in a group setting, or their own home or apartment.  The service will assist persons to maintain or increase their ability to perform daily living skills, and increase their level of independence and participation in the community.  Staff support is based on an individual’s level of need.  Staff support and supervision can range from 24 hours per day to just a few hours per week.

In-Home Family Support Services provides or arranges for scheduled periods of relief and assistance to families who support an adult living in the family home.  If the person lives with their birth, adoptive, or foster family, they can receive training and support to assist them to remain in the family home.  Training and activities are provided based on the person’s level of need.  The focus is to assist the person to increase or maintain their ability to perform daily living skills, increase their level of independence and participation in the community, while providing periods of relief for the family.

Services and Activities

Depending on individual needs, staff may provide assistance with:

  • Maintaining health and personal hygiene.
  • Budgeting money and paying bills.
  • House cleaning.
  • Washing clothes.
  • Respecting others’ privacy and space and how to get along with others.
  • Administering and taking medications.
  • Planning and shopping for meals.
  • Preparing and cooking meals.
  • Using the telephone.
  • How to be safe at home and in the community.
  • Learning about activities and opportunities in the community.

Staff Support:

  • Options include overnight asleep staff, overnight awake staff and support staff as needed.
  • Staff must have a high school diploma, pass background checks, and complete an initial two-week orientation, including classes such as CPR, First Aid, MANDT, and medication training.
  • Persons served will have opportunities to express the qualities they prefer in the staff who work with them.

Living Costs:

  • Rent, utilities, food, transportation and other costs are paid by their source of income such as SSI, SSDI, and employment income.
  • The KETCH admissions coordinator will explain what living costs will be, based on the living arrangement chosen.

Health and Safety:

  • Community Living On-call support available 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
  • On-call Licensed Nursing staff available 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
  • Assistance with doctor appointments.
  • Nursing can meet a wide range of needs, including continual care.
  • Availability of a Behavior Specialist.
  • Monthly safety inspections of homes by staff.
  • Monthly fire drills, seasonal tornado drills, and other safety drills.
  • Some Community Living settings have monitored burglary and fire systems.
  • KETCH maintains a safety program. KETCH believes it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the safety of others.