Alternative Residential Care operates Residential Care settings in Southern Maine Areas. These Residential Programs include fully accessible licensed homes and specialized behavioral homes with an emphasis on Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Autism. All programs meet the guidelines set by the State of Maine Health and Human Services and the Division of Licensing and Certification. 

Alternative Residential Care provides the following services to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Autism as approved by The Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) :  

  • Observation and assessment of the individual’s functioning or behavior to enhance the individual’s health or safety or the health or safety of others. 
  • Protection from environmental hazards – the reduction of risk in the physical environment to prevent unreasonable injury or accident. 
  • Assurance that the individual’s abilities and needs adequately accessed and that each individual is offered all necessary services  

ARC will provide the following services to the individual when these services are identified as necessary in the individual’s Person-Centered Plan or Support Intensity Scale assessment :

Support Services

  • Personal Supervision: This means awareness of the individual’s general whereabouts, even though the individual may travel independently in the community. 
  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): These are the options that a person routinely performs in order to maintain their best level of physical function. They include, but are not limited to, such things as walking, bed mobility and transfers from place to place, dressing, eating, toileting, bathing, and personal hygiene.  
  • Assistance with Incidental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs): These include, but are not limited to, such things as meal preparation, taking medication, using the telephone, handling finances, banking, shopping, light housekeeping, heavy housekeeping, and getting to appointments. 
  • Administration of Medications: Alternative Residential Care agrees to provide qualified staff to help you take your medication. In addition to providing qualified staff, ARC will provide such services as reading medication container labels for the individual, observing while the individual takes medication, checking the dosage, removing the prescribed dosage, filling a syringe, and administering insulin and bee sting kits when permitted and the maintenance of a medication record for the individual.  
  • Transportation: This means providing or arranging transportation to medical and other appointments. Other transportation to meet the individual’s personal and business needs of a reasonable nature will be provided or arranged by Alternative Residential Care. Staff will assist each individual to choose activities of their preferences close to their home so they can be part of their community. 
  • Dietary Services: This means the provision of a regular and therapeutic diet that meets each individual’s minimum daily food requirements by the Recommended Dietary Allowances of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences. Room and board do not include dietary supplements.  

Alternative Residential Care agrees to provide or coordinate and monitor the following services to the individual when these services are identified as necessary:  

  • Diversional, motivational, or recreational activities: This means activities that are appropriate given the individual’s past and present interests or which encourage self-esteem and/or social interaction, both in individual and group settings. 

Nursing Services

This applies only to individuals with an approved medical addon by the State of Maine and or other required skilled nursing services. The provision of nursing services will be provided by or under the supervision of a registered professional nurse in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act. 

Alternative Residential care agrees to cooperate with the attending duly authorized licensed practitioner or other health and community service providers of the individuals choice, and to carry out the medical orders and treatment plans as directed, except where such orders or plans are in violation of the Regulations Governing the Licensing and Functioning of Home and Community Based Services. 

Room and Board Services

Alternative Residential Care agrees to provide the following services to the individual: 

  • Housing in a facility that meets the Safety, Fire Safety Physical Plant and Sanitation standards of the Regulations Governing the Licensing and Functioning of Home and Community Based Services. 
  • Utilities including electricity, heat, hot water and basic cable and internetsnow plowing and trash removal. 
  • Maintenance and cleaning (or support with cleaning) of the individual’s room and living space including cleaning products.  

Applicants seeking eligibility may be self-referred, referred by a family member or a friend or be referred through a number of Department of Health and Human Services subsidiary offices. 

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