Mental illness is finally being recognized by our society as a serious, debilitating medical condition. Mental illness can not only affect the individual from becoming a contributing member of the community, but also has a negative effect on every single aspect of the person’s life. IKOR is experienced in working with the many challenges mental health issues present for our clients. Our goal has always been to understand the client’s needs, obtain the best possible care, educate families, and alter living arrangements, when necessary, to provide the client with the best opportunity for success.
Within this process, honoring the value of the individual and considering the best interests of the person are consistently a crucial part of how we operate.
Some of the conditions our professionals have addressed are:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Schizophrenia / Schizoaffective
- Autism / Asperger Syndrome
- Substance Abuse (Chemical/Alcoholism)
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Physical limitations obtained either from birth or by accident are not only a visible sign of challenges but the basis of misunderstanding and prejudice for every person who must deal with this type of disability. For those who love or try to help, the frustration of not knowing where to begin occurs nearly every day. IKOR has helped many families and professionals identify the needs of people with these conditions.
Even when care is in process, such as when home care is in place, and doctors are involved, IKOR has been successful in streamlining and coordinating the services, many times heightening successful outcomes.
We offer services and guidance to those who are:
- Catastrophically Injured
- Chronically Disabled
- Intellectual Disabilities
Intellectually Disabled Individuals often begin their journey from birth. The journey is a long and difficult one, not just for them, but for their parents and families. In these cases, IKOR involvement goes beyond “quarterbacking” the medical aspects for the client and includes advocating for our client to maximize services within the school and vocational programs as well.
Accessing all available public programs is an integral part of the IKOR process. IKOR educates the parents, and many times the vocational and educational partners, of the options available, giving them the information needed to create the most life-affirming choices for the client.
We help build dreams of a truly fulfilled life for our intellectually disabled clients.
Some of the conditions our professionals have addressed are:
- Down’s Syndrome
- Birth Defects
- Head Injury
- Assisting Those in Need
Many of our clients are challenged in some aspects of their life while very capable in others. IKOR does a thorough needs assessment, develops a strategic plan, and assists in helping them live as an enriched, fulfilled, and independent life as possible.
IKOR of Western Pennsylvania helps in these and other areas:
Home Modifications – Physical changes made to one’s home to accommodate the changing needs of the elderly or disabled. As we age, our mobility and physical strength diminish, and aspects of a house that were once functional become difficult. Home modifications can be as simple as adding rail bars to the bathroom, a chairlift to a stairway, or as comprehensive as adding a ramp or an accessible bathroom addition to the home.
Accessible Home Building – Accessible floor plans can feature wider hallways and doorways, space for a wheelchair turning radius, non-slip flooring, ramps, and walkways, special lighting, roll out or pull out shelving, easy grope doors, faucets, and drawers, accessible switches, no-step entries, roll-in showers, ADA roll-under countertops and workspaces, and other specialty features. We work with specialists in this area to ensure that the money spent on Accessible Homes meet the needs of the individual and not the contactor
Life Enrichment – Coordination of activities for quality of life that reflects the varied interests of the individual that provides them with meaningful and life-enriching activities.
Vocational Areas – We work with Vocational Rehabilitation and providers to identify an individual’s level of functioning as it relates to vocational preparation and employment decision making. We consider life purpose and financial benefits in this process and work with resources to find appropriate opportunities to balance life purpose needs with financial needs.
Educational Areas – When we work with Children, our team members will attend Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings to help plan an educational program that is tailored to the needs of each disabled child. The child’s “team” attends the meeting: teachers, therapists, parents, school administrators, and any other invited parties. The IKOR Advocate attends these meetings to ensure that school programs meet the needs of the child and their best interests.
Supportive Equipment & Technology – Assistive technology includes any device or piece of equipment that can be used to help a person perform some activity or improve their ability to function. Many different types of devices can be used to allow for participation in more activities, enhance learning, improve communication, hearing, and mobility, and to make life easier. Assistive technology is crucial in helping individuals with disabilities succeed. We leverage technology to enhance the quality of life of our clients.
Pennsylvania Waiver and Service Coordination Support for Seniors and Individuals with Special Needs Trusts – We are familiar with Aging and/or Disability Waiver Service Coordination services that are available to those who live in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Department of Health & Humana Services provides services for those over the age of 60 and/or those with a physical disability based on financial eligibility. The waiver programs are available to help individuals to live in their home and community with support and services. We’re informed and work in collaboration with services coordinators and State and County program providers, improving how these programs operate for our clients. Sometimes based on financial needs, family members can be paid for the care they provide through waiver programs. We’re informed on how to navigate waiver programs.
Services / Disability Advocacy