In-home care isn’t just for seniors. It can also be a great choice for individuals with special needs, including those with developmental disabilities. Our Department of Mental Health, or DMH, offers a variety of Medicaid-supported services through the Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities. Department of Mental Health services are designed to improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and more. Most importantly, the services are designed to help clients remain independent in their own homes.
As the family member or caretaker of an individual with a developmental disability, you want the best for your loved one. In fact, many individuals with developmental disabilities live at home with their families, depending on loved ones to fill essential caretaker roles. When a family member acts as an individual’s main care provider, it can leave little room for the caretaker’s own goals and livelihood. That can lead to burnout and depression. For that reason, professional in-home care is a great tool to provide respite to family members who double as caretakers.
In-home care is also a good option for older adults who may be caring for their adult children. The truth is, many adults care for their special needs children well into their golden years, which can lead to anxiety about care after the parent is gone. For that reason, it’s a good idea to get an adult with developmental disabilities accustomed to in-home care long before the caretaker parents worry about their own aging or chronic illness.