Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Intellectual or Developmental Disability?
Intellectual or Developmental disability is an umbrella term that refers to a group of neurological conditions that affect an individual’s ability to live independently and engage in community activities. Examples of developmental disabilities include autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities. Most importantly people with developmental disabilities are our Family Members, Neighbors, Friends, Classmates, and Co-workers.
What are the Major Causes?
The majority of causes are unknown. Some identified causes are related to chromosomal abnormalities…damage to the central nervous system…birth trauma…genetics…injuries.
How Many People have an Intellectual/Developmental Disability?
Approximately 1.58% of the general population is estimated to have an Intellectual and/ or developmental disability (I/DD). Adults with developmental disabilities are a diverse and varied group of individuals with individual interests who require extra supports to live in their homes, work at their jobs and participate in community activities. Some individuals who have an autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy or epilepsy will not have an intellectual disability; others may have an intellectual disability with functional limitations due to cognitive impairments (i.e., trouble remembering, learning, concentrating or making decisions about everyday issues) that range from mild to severe; still others may have an intellectual disability with a psychiatric disorder and/or physical impairment. Roughly half of all people with a developmental disability have a cognitive impairment and about ten percent of this subgroup have severe or profound cognitive impairments.
Where Do People who have an Intellectual/Developmental Disability Live?
The majority of people with Intellectual and/ or developmental disability (I/DD) live at home with their parents or other relatives. Some adults live on their own or in a group setting with publicly funded in-home and out-of-home support. People with the most significant disabilities are being supported in their own homes by family or community service providers.
What is the application process like?
Assured Care Group, requires that everyone who is interested in have an initial “intake” meeting with members of the admissions committee. Through this meeting, Assured Care Group, can get an impression of the types of supports the individual needs and assess the suitability for the individual. Family involvement and reinforcement is encouraged to safeguard Assured Care Group, and the family is working together to provide the experience for the individual is rewarding and successful.
What is the Visiting Hours for Family Members?
There are no visiting hour limitations for family members, however, Assured Care Group, maintains a responsibility to ensure that the individuals who receive residential supports have the privacy and quiet they deserve during typical “sleep” hours. Therefore, we ask family members for sensitivity when arriving at our homes late at night or early in the mornings. We are delighted that many of our families are involved in the lives of their loved ones, and we encourage this positive involvement.
How can I be sure that staff working with my son or daughter are qualified?
We strive to select the most qualified employees at Assured Care Group, to select the most qualified employees. Our Staff submit to and pass a Criminal Background Check, an MVA (Driver’s Record) Check, and Professional References checks. In addition, staff obtains mandated state training that includes, but are not limited to, CPR/First Aid, Behavioral Principals and Strategies, and the Maryland Board of Nursing Medication Technician course.