Three communities of care – The Village, The Ranch and The Villa – allow Marbridge to provide individualized care and serve a wide range of adults with special needs from age 18 to the end of life. By creating a community where people can age in place, Marbridge offers residents (and their families) the security of knowing that they can have a college-like post secondary living experience or a life-long residence.

The Individual Program Plan (IPP)

Developed in collaboration between the resident, staff, and family, the IPP evaluates the current skills and abilities of the individual and creates resident-driven goals which will be supported and developed in the Life Options Program through training opportunities, therapy, life skills, recreational activities, and, when possible, employment. The IPP plots a solid course toward achieving the resident’s goals. Upon admission, a team of care providers and resident trainers evaluates each resident’s abilities in various areas using the ACT Assessment Instrument. Marbridge staff developed this assessment instrument specifically for Marbridge residents, applying advanced academic, educational, and performance-based training concepts. The results of the assessment serve as the foundation for the development of an IPP for each resident.

In addition, the individual is a key contributor in the development of his or her IPP. The goals are areas that they themselves wish to accomplish, such as getting an off-campus job, losing weight, or learning to cook. Each IPP is unique and is reviewed yearly by the resident, staff, and family, or more frequently when necessary. Staff and family members provide guidance and support, but the resident’s involvement in his or her plan is crucial to the overall process. Staff help each resident identify and define strengths and areas for improvement. The staff then assists the resident in developing specific goals and milestones to be met in a specific time period. The resident’s active participation, endorsement of, and agreement with the IPP goals and objectives are essential concepts of Abilities Centered Training.

Each resident is assigned a primary resident trainer to track his or her progress against the Individual Program Plan and work with him or her one-on-one to meet goals and overcome challenges. Additionally, multiple staff members are aware of a resident’s unique goals and regularly encourage him or her to stay focused and to remember the benefits of achieving individual goals.