LIFEDesigns serves people with disabilities all over South-Central Indiana. Although we serve over 300 people with disabilities, the number of people with a disability in the geographic areas we serve is far greater (see the table below). As state dollars for services decrease, we want the number of people we serve to increase. This is a difficult challenge, but one that we are taking head on. We want our services to be provided to everyone who needs them and we will continue to work to serve more and more customers.
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LIFEDesigns provides services to more than 300 children and adults with disabilities through a variety of residential settings. These services are designed so that individuals live where and with whom they want. Services are provided in the individual’s home. In some cases the person lives with family members and in other cases the person lives alone or with a roommate. Services assist individuals to participate in all phases of daily living, to exercise more control over their lives, and to access and participate in their communities.
Residential services at LIFEDesigns include group homes staffed 24 hours a day to provide any support or guidance that residents may require. Services are also provided to assist individuals to participate in all phases of daily living, with more control over their lives and with greater access and participation in their communities.
LIFEDesigns supports individuals with disabilities to find and keep jobs in their communities. Using a team approach, the agency provides job-seeking skills, job placement, long-term career development services and ongoing support. We assists employers in meeting their ongoing workforce needs by matching people to jobs.
Continuing Education Options
Continuing Education Options (CEO) is a group community-based habilitation service that provides people with disabilities opportunities to make choices, create a community presence, and develop friendships. CEO offers some of these daily activities: cooking, swimming, music, touring, walking, arts and crafts, movies, going to lunch, health and safety, computers, and more. CEO can supplement other services in which LifeDesigns customers participate, such as Employment or Community Living. Check out the Fall-Winter 2012 Locations or see the Fall-Winter 2012 Class Descriptions.
According to Indiana’s 2006 Consolidated Plan, people with disabilities are more likely than the general public to encounter difficulties with housing. Housing Options aims to address this need by providing affordable and accessible housing. See Housing Options grow to meet the needs for the communities we serve. Read LifeDesigns Affordable and PSH Article for June 2012 Safety Net.
Each adult applicant over 18 years of age will need to complete a separate application. A nonrefundable $15.00 application fee will also be charged per each adult applicant. We accept cash, checks, Visa or MasterCard. Please make checks payable to “LIFEDesigns.” For questions please call 800-875-9615 and
ask to speak with the Housing Options Manager.
Click here for the Housing Options Application Packet.
LIFEDesigns is using cutting edge technology to offer people a new type of residential support to increase independence. Do you or someone you care about need a little extra help? LIFEDesigns is working with Night Owl Support Systems to establish a monitoring and response service provided by professional staff between the hours of 9:00pm to 7:00am to individuals living in the community. Using cellular and web-based technology, the service delivers nontraditional residential support, resulting in increased or maintained independence. More than just a push button support system, Technology Options builds long-term relationships with each participant, allowing for a familiarity with the monitors and the responding staff.
LIFEDesigns defines Behavior Support as training, supervision, or assistance in the expression of emotions and desires, and assertiveness or acquisition of socially appropriate behaviors. This service also includes training and consultation with staff, family members, roommates and others.
Health Care Coordination
Health Care Coordination provides a medical professional to coordinate health care services. The service ensures that everyone who provides medical services to a customer are informed about that person’s unique support needs. LIFEDesigns staff works with the
individual and his or her team to promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Respite refers to short-term, temporary support to people with disabilities so that their families can take a break from the daily routine of care giving. Raising a child with disabilities can be a very rewarding experience, yet it can also be a very exhausting task. When a parent becomes consumed and overwhelmed with caring for their special child, the child’s well-being may be at risk as well as the parent’s. Respite service staff work with the family to lessen the pressures that may lead to institutionalization, divorce, neglect, or child abuse.
To find out more about receiving Services from LIFEDesigns, please call us toll free at 800-875-9615 or locally at 812-332-9615 and ask for our Director of Support Services. We serve customers in eight counties including Monroe, Bartholomew, Lawrence, Brown, Morgan, Owen, Johnson and Greene. If you do not live in these counties you still may be eligible to receive our Services. Please call to find out!