The events of the past year made us keenly aware of the need for being connected to other human beings, especially to family. Separation can be especially tough for Individuals living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and members of their families.
Persons with IDD have options regarding where they reside and how they are cared for once they reach adulthood. We’re seeing an increased interest in the Family Caregiver option, which is typically not as well-known as others.
In 2008, Colorado established the Family Caregiver Act, which was fully implemented in 2010. This legislation provides broader choices for persons with IDD who are already receiving services funded by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), in terms of where and from whom services are received. Eligible family members who meet state requirements can be paid for providing this care.
We’ve put together a short video that provides an overview of residential services available to IDD adults in Colorado, explains the various waivers, and walks through the options – with an in-depth look at the Family Caregiver option.
If, after viewing the video, you’d like additional information about residential options, please contact us. Evergreen Service Providers is here for you as a resource and can help guide you through the process. You can also find more information at our Family Caregivers FAQs page which includes a downloadable PDF.