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Programs for Young Adults with Disabilities

February 16, 2024

Embarking on adulthood is a significant milestone—filled with both excitement and challenges. For young adults with disabilities, this journey toward independence can seem even more daunting.

As caregivers and parents, witnessing your adult children stride towards autonomy is a moment of pride but also of concern. Family caregivers for disabled adults often find themselves wondering which programs can help their loved ones develop the essential skills and receive the support they need.

According to Care.com:

“For parents, letting go of caretaking duties may be difficult. They may worry that no one else can care for their child as well as they can. Other parents may worry that they’ll be less able to provide adequate care as they age and develop disabilities of their own.”

Let’s go over some programs for young adults with disabilities, as well as the types of help available for parents of disabled adults.

Being a Caregiver for an Adult with Disabilities

Being a caregiver for an adult child with disabilities often involves a delicate balance of providing support while encouraging independence. Home care services emerge as a pivotal resource in this equation, offering personalized care tailored to the unique needs of each individual.

These services can range from personal care assistance, including help with daily living activities, to household support that ensures a safe and adaptive living environment. Best Care can help provide the resources and training necessary to get paid for providing these services to your loved ones.

Young adult with disability working at cafe.

Other Care Options for Adults with Disabilities

Beyond engaging a family member as a paid caregiver and living with their parents or other loved ones, there are many options for adults who need support. These can include:

Community Living Homes

Many adults with disabilities choose to live in a group home that offers a mix of support services and autonomy. Residents of such a community or group home will often share activities and meals, enjoy socializing, and receive support from the staff at the home.

Independent Living Situations

Many adults with disabilities live independently in their own homes or apartments. They may still need to hire a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) or team of PCAs for their ongoing needs.

Adult Day Programs

While public school education can often extend a little past age 18, to age 21, adults with disabilities will eventually age out of this structured educational environment. That’s where an adult day program can help, offering the following:

  • Structure
  • Training on life skills
  • Socialization opportunities

Long-Term Care Facilities

Full-time residential care is also an option for some adults with disabilities, although many families strive to keep their family members in their homes or the community before institutionalized care becomes necessary.

In Minnesota, we recommend the following organizations as you seek programming:

Young adult with disability getting homework help from PCA.

Finding Relief as a Family Caregiver

As you help your adult child with disabilities navigate their life transitions, it’s important to seek out a community that can understand your situation and help support you. The above-listed organizations also offer support and community for the loved ones of people with disabilities and special needs.

For more information about avoiding burnout and receiving family caregiver support, browse our library of resources or contact us for help!

Young adult with disability watering plants next to caregiver.
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