Community Integrated Living Arrangements
UCP Seguin provides residential care to adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs in a variety of ways. UCP Seguin provides twenty-four hour residential care as well as intermittent residential care and both in-home and weekend respite care.
Our twenty-four hour care is provided in single family homes in various communities in the western suburbs of Chicago. These homes which provide a family living environment are called Community Integrated Living Arrangements or CILAs. They may be a shared living arrangement (adult foster care parent) or a shift staffed home. In UCP Seguin’s shared living arrangement homes, two to four adults with disabilities live with a person or family in the community. In UCP Seguin’s shift staffed homes, adults with disabilities live in a small group homes of up to eight residents with disabilities that are supervised 24 hours a day by UCP Seguin staff. In each case, UCP Seguin seeks to provide opportunities for the people they serve to integrate into the community so that they can live, work and socialize as their neighbors do.
Homes are licensed by The Department of Human Services
Homes are staffed by professionally trained staff
Each person receives individualized program facilitation and case management
Individuals learn community living skills in a supportive environment
Home staff receive continuing professional training including specific training for autism spectrum disorders
Daily living responsibilities are carried out by each individual based on their capabilities encouraging as much independence as possible
Staff provide the appropriate amount of support in all areas of daily living including cooking, housekeeping, budgeting, and other skill areas that are suitable for the individual
Staff support is available 24 hours a day as needed by the individual
Intermittent CILA provides case management and various supports to enable individuals who live independently in the community by providing supports such as assistance in budgeting, grocery shopping, home management, and medical appointments.
Community Supported Living Arrangements
In addition to CILA, UCP Seguin provides Community Supported Living Arrangements (CSLA) which offer adults with developmental disabilities services and supports in their own homes. UCP Seguin tailors services to meet their needs and the needs of their families.
The CSLA initiative reinforces existing social networks and enables many individuals to live successfully in a house or apartment in a community with or near their families and friends. Some other services offered through CSLA include in-home habilitation, personal assistance, 24-hour emergency assistance, case coordination and service facilitation.
At this time the State of Illinois has ceased to allow further admissions into this program. UCP Seguin will instead offer similar services to meet expanded community needs in its Intermittent CILA program.
UCP Seguin offers In-Home Respite Services primarily to individuals who reside in Oak Park and River Forest Townships. These services include:
Staff to provide direct service and supervision for individuals with disabilities as a respite for parents and/or other family members
Staff support to individuals in social and recreational activities, such as entertainment activities, pursuing hobbies, developing artistic talents, and participating in sporting events
Functional independent living skills training, such as meal preparation, budgeting, making simple purchases, and other basic skills.
Activities included in the In-Home Respite program are designed to improve the independent living skills of individuals served, and to pave the way for future opportunities to live within the community away from their family home.
Individuals to be Served:
Individuals, age 18 and older with developmental disabilities, who otherwise have no funding to underwrite the costs of service, including:
Individuals on UCP Seguin’s waiting list for such services from Oak Park and River Forest
Students from Oak Park and River Forest High School in transition from school-to-adult services
Individuals from Oak Park and River Forest for whom temporary funding for such service is being terminated
Funding is provided through the local mental health authorities in Oak Park and River Forest. As possible, UCP Seguin may be able to make arrangements for private payment to secure these services for individuals and their families in need in communities other than Oak Park or River Forest.
While these services are provided primarily to individuals living in the Oak Park and River Forest areas, they are also available through private pay for individuals that live within the greater metropolitan Chicago area.
A Home Away from Home
As the pacesetter for leading-edge programs in the community, UCP Seguin provides innovative services and supports to adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs so they may live, work and socialize as their neighbors do.
UCP Seguin's Respite House is a dedicated Respite Home at which UCP Seguin provides weekend social and recreational opportunities to adults with disabilities. Families have peace of mind knowing their family member is being cared for by dedicated and responsible staff who continually strive to provide opportunities for adults with disabilities to experience life to the fullest.
Weekend respite care available in a safe, family-like home
Individualized care and support
Around-the-clock on-site staff
Professional care for adults with Autism
Behavioral and medical staff available
Social, recreational, and community activities to integrate, enrich, and empower adults with disabilities
These services are provided to residents of Proviso, Oak Park and River Forest Townships at no cost. These services are also available to non-residents of the above townships through private pay arrangements.
Through UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago's Community Employment Services Department, individuals seeking assistance in acquiring or maintaining customized community employment are supported through job development and coaching from UCP Seguin staff.
The Employment Services team helps to develop and facilitate relationships at the work site that foster support networks for workers with disabilities. The Employment Services staff provides support in the research phase, job search, application process, orientation and on-going supports once a person has secured employment.
Job Developers offer:
Customized employment options
Existing connections to community business owners
Resources to assist in work-skills enhancement
One to one supports and assistance targeting successful job placement
Job Coaches offer:
On-the-job training to learn and improve upon work assignments
Support and consultation services to the employer
Accommodations or assistive technology needed for an individual to be successful on the job
Mobility training to help an individual become more independent
UCP Seguin supports individuals througout Cook, DuPage, and Will counties in a variety of jobs: food service, hospitality, industrial parts assembly, recreation and fitness centers, janitorial services, maintenance, retail, and health care are just a few areas within which UCP Seguin can assist an individual to find employment.
Within UCP Seguin's Life Skills Program, our staff provides participants with a full range of daytime services to enrich their lives and promote their personal growth. These services include exercise and movement therapy, art, dance and music enrichment, horticulture therapy, daily living skills enhancement, safety skills enhancement, life experience classes and assistance with self-advocacy.
The Life Skills Program also offers participants opportunities to engage in vocational experiences within the UCP Seguin Carr Center and at volunteer sites in the community. At the Center, individuals are engaged in food service training in our new Portillo’s Learning Kitchen; janitorial skills training associated with basic in-house maintenance needs; laundry care for the uniforms, towels and rags associated with Seguin Enterprises activities; interoffice mail delivery, mass mailings for agency publications, and other mailing needs; and a variety of other vocational pursuits for which they are paid commensurate wages. In the past year 131 UCP Seguin participants were also able to contribute their skills to society at volunteer sites in the community.
Outside of the classrooms, many individuals served in our Life Skills Program may participate in some community vocational experience or training, including paid work in a Seguin Enterprises business or community work site.
The Life Skills Program serves men and women with developmental disabilities, ages 18 and older who have Department of Human Services funding as well as private pay funding.
UCP Seguin is committed to working with each senior we serve to create an individualized program and plan through our facilitation and case management services. UCP Seguin's philosophy is committed to seniors aging in place. In addition, we provide elder care training to our staff in addition to the professional training required for state certification that they already receive. We uphold the highest standards of care in all the services that we provide to the individuals and families that we serve. There are several options for medical care available to the seniors needing residential services that we serve including home visits by physicians and therapists. This provides added comfort and confidence about the care your love one is receiving.
SeguinCares is unlike any other dementia program. We apply principles that we’ve learned through more than 60 years of service to the community of individuals with developmental disabilities, and have created a unique model of care for individuals with dementia. SeguinCares serves those with Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body, frontal-temporal dementias, and other memory or behavioral disorders. UCP Seguin is a pioneer in serving special needs groups, and those with behavioral challenges which gives us a rich history and abilities to serve individuals with the specific needs and concerns of dementia and other memory or behavioral disorders.
SeguinCares is a special place where your loved one will feel relaxed and comfortable. This is a private and personal setting with no more than 6 residents in a beautiful, fully accessible home that is part of the community. Your loved one’s needs, wants, personal story, abilities, and functional challenges are built into a Personal Life Plan. Such plans serve as a foundation for everything we do. A curriculum-based structured active treatment plan incorporates activities that mirrors their Life Plan. This helps our residents enjoy each day, and reflect their life story while promoting self-esteem, dignity, and personal well-being. Throughout our program of care, we use gentle techniques such as redirection, prompting and task breakdown to help residents feel good about themselves and their accomplishments.
Our dedicated caregivers are chosen for their natural abilities of care and compassion. Then, they are specially trained in Alzheimer and dementia specific memory care and in the SeguinCares way to fully extend our loving, personal services to residents and their families. At SeguinCares, we use all of our insights to build homes that deliver a remarkable balance of practicality, a loving, compassionate environment, and modern amenities. The overall environment here is warm and tranquil, projecting the feel of an inviting family-like home.
The Senior Services Daytime Activities Project provides services especially designed to address the needs of older adults with developmental disabilities. These services offered at the newly opened Betty Scheck Senior Center help individuals to live fuller, healthier lives through a focus on better health, improved nutrition, physical exercise, and other therapeutically beneficial activities.
This beautiful program facility, which was newly remodeled and converted into a senior center for individuals with developmental disabilities, was donated to Seguin Services by the Richard N. Scheck Family, including Rich, Rick, Mike and Chris and their wives, Judy, Megan, and Kate, respectively, as a lasting tribute to the late Betty Scheck.
The UCP Seguin CLIMB Program is designed to meet the needs of young adults with disabilities graduating from high school, to support them in meeting the challenges of adult life. Having closed its sheltered workshop in 1989, UCP Seguin has long championed community-based services designed to provide productive, meaningful activity for persons with developmental disabilities. Through the UCP Seguin CLIMB Program, UCP Seguin is offering its innovative services to DuPage County and surrounding communities.
Taking Steps Up The Ladder of Success
UCP Seguin CLIMB is modeled closely after educational programs in which students participate during their school careers. Participants in the UCP Seguin CLIMB program are provided with a full range of day services to enrich their lives and promote their personal growth.
Within UCP Seguin CLIMB, program participants engage in Life Skills and educational training such as:
Mathematics, banking and real life money skills acquisition
Computer literacy and safety
Exercise and Movement Therapy
Art, dance and music enrichment
Daily living skills enhancement
Communications and social skills training
Use of the Snoezelen Sensory Room, a specialized space designed to either heighten sensory experiences or calm individuals who experience emotional challenges
Special community activities to provide real-life experiences and interactions with non-disabled individuals
In addition, individuals are offered vocational training and employment services, including:
Food preparation and other vocational skills training in the Portillo's Learning Kitchen
Job readiness training and job placement in community work-sites
Vocational training and volunteer opportunities in community venues
Nine nonprofit agencies have combined their expertise in serving adults with develomental disabilities to form a unique partnership. UCP Seguin, Park Lawn Association, Clearbrook, Helping Hand Center, Elim Christian Services, PACTT Learning Center, Easter Seals of Metropolitan Chicago, Barbara Olson Center of Hope, and Countryside Association for People with Disabilities have initiated the Building Bridges to the Future initiative to serve the needs of special education students and their families, as they face the challenges of transitioning successfully from high school to adult services. Through this collaboration, students with developmental disabilities and their families learn what services are available for them as they try to navigate through this difficult period in their lives. Our Building Bridges Transition Outreach Specialist will:
Serve as the primary liaison for the program
Attend Individual Education Plan meetings as part of each student's interdisciplinary team
Work with Special Education department staff to ensure that transition is part of the IEP
Develop and maintain linkages between families, Special Education staff, and adult service providers
Provide in-service training and coaching sessions for parents, guardians, and students
Advocate for and assist in establishing eligibility for community services for students
In addition to providing assistance through our Transition Outreach Specialists, the Building Bridges project now offers, on a limited basis, adult transition experiences to students during spring, summer and holiday breaks. These experiences include vocational training, job trials, basic training in skills of daily living, and various therapeutic activities designed to prepare individuals for their transition to adult services.