As part of Duvall Homes’ Residential Services and Residential Habilitation, supervision and training are provided to assist the individual with developmental disabilities to acquire, maintain and improve skills related to activities of daily living. The services focus on personal hygiene skills such as bathing and oral hygiene; homemaking skills such as food preparation, vacuuming and laundry; and on social and adaptive skills that enable the individual to reside in the community.
Residential Habilitation Training is developed and implemented by his or her team members. Support Team Members include the clients’ family, Residential Program Managers (Group Home Mangers), Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), Qualified Developmental Disabilities Professionals (QDDP), Life Skills Development Coordinator, medical staff, friends and other support people chosen by the resident or participant. The managers and DSPs provide clients with assistance and opportunities to become more independent in the areas of daily living, self-care activities and other skills, These skills include: Personal Care Skills; Communication & Social Skills; Life Skills of Daily Living; Pre-Vocational Skills; Self Advocacy and more.
Individual goals are decided upon by the client and members of their support team, and the methods of training are also chosen under the direction of the client, in a “person-directed” fashion, with assistance available from his or her Direct Support Professionals and other Support Team Members.
Life skills, such as food preparation and doing laundry, are taught and supervised by trained professionals required by Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities who maintain quarterly reports that monitor activities of daily living as well as educational, fitness and nutritional goals.
These reports reflect all information concerning progress and goals completed during the past year. Individual Implementation Plans (IIP’s) are the documents created by the QDDP with information collected from the resident/participant, the DSPs, Managers and Wavier Support Coordinator (WSC). These personally developed goals are set to achieve the highest level of independence possible and are updated each Support Plan Year.
Licensed by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Duvall Homes operates a growing network of individual group homes serving the needs of people with developmental disabilities from Central Florida and across the United States.
Since 1945, Duvall Homes has had a long history as a non-institutionalized single group home providing full care and training for those with Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and several other intellectual and developmental disabilities. As the word spread on the integrity, compassion and dedication of Duvall Homes’ caring staff, an influx of families with children and relatives in similar need moved to the area.
Living independently, in their own home has always been part of our mission in caring for and empowering those with developmental disabilities, so as the population grew, the need for more homes grew. In the mid-80s Duvall Homes built or renovated independent cottage homes for higher functioning individuals. Over the next 30 years Duvall Homes transitioned all of its residents to 16 single group homes in the County of Volusia, including Glenwood, DeLand, Deleon Springs, Deltona and Orange City. (Duvall Homes changed its name from the original Duvall Home in 2015 to better represent its expanded footprint.)
Today, Duvall cares for more than 100 adults ranging in age from 22 to 85. Group home residents participate in household chores and meal selection, and are guided in practicing a number of general life skills every day. Group home managers are required by APD to maintain quarterly reports on these skills and document the progress of all state-funded residents. Data collection is also maintained for those who are privately funded. Reports monitor skills surrounding living activities, educational, fitness and nutritional goals as well as a broad range of other individually set objectives. (More information can be obtained by clicking here at Admissions/FAQs and at Who We Are.)
Transportation is provided Monday through Friday from the group homes to the main campus where residents participate in the Adult Day Training (ADT) program at the Opportunities Enrichment Center, attend chapel services, socialize and dine with friends, enjoy music therapy, arts and crafts. expand communication and knowledge in technology, and work to develop basic life skills.
Duvall Homes has partnered with Scioto, an Ohio-based company that owns 1,300 homes in 40 states, housing more than 5,000 people with disabilities. Scioto buys and renovates homes and leases them to the providers of residential services for that population. Partnering with Scioto provides flexibility for Duvall Homes, enabling us to make quick changes when needed and make essential modifications based on transitional needs and demands for residential placement.
What distinguishes us from others is that the staff and administration at Duvall Homes are committed to remaining abreast with best practices in the field with respect to providing services for the continued success of those in our care.
For more than 72 years, our core belief remains steadfast in ensuring every person with a disability enjoys living in their own home, maintains personal relationships and has the opportunity for community inclusion.
The people we serve are the center of all we do, and we continually seek ways to help them develop their full potential. We hold ourselves and our programs to the highest ethical standards, treat each person equitably, fairly and with respect, and are enriched by the differences that make each one of us unique. All Duvall Homes employees are required to participate in varied levels of training each year. Sessions cover a broad range of topics and critical aspects of working with the developmentally disabled. Each year, training focuses on subjects like CORE | Health and Safety, Rights and Choices, CPR, First Aid and Zero Tolerance Quality Assurance. Recertification takes place as needed and all are kept current on mandatory updates and requirements.
Group homes at Duvall Homes offer private and semi-private bedrooms and many positive aspects that institutional settings do not, one of which is the smaller intimate setting with a warm family-home atmosphere. Having a personal space to care for and decorate with your own personal belongings encourages independence and self-confidence creating a sense of pride. Group homes at Duvall Homes promote a normalization of residents’ social roles, offer peer relationships and remove the stigma and isolation associated with being institutionalized.
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