What They Donít Tell You About Working With Adults With Disabilities
The Mighty Jessica Pridemore,
I donít remember the exact moment my life was changed by someone with a developmental disability. The
memories seem far away, blurry, as if they donít belong to me. But this is what happens after youíve
been working with adults with developmental disabilities for eight years. You change.
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Fircrest School is a residential center
85 acres of wooded and open spaces, within the
city of Shoreline, Washington.
Fircrest School is a full service, therapeutic community serving a diverse
population of about 220 residents with developmental intellectual disabilities. Campus based, it features shared homes within a skilled nursing facility and an
intermediate care facility. Centralized medical, therapeutic and recreational
services are provided in both programs for long-term residents as well as for
people who need short-term, respite care or crisis intervention. Each resident's
care is individualized as determined by an interdisciplinary team which includes the
person's guardian or parent.
The Fircrest nursing home program (NF/IDD) is the only federally certified skilled nursing
facility in Western Washington licensed for the long term care of people with developmental,
intellectual disabilities. It provides individualized health care and activities for people
with unique medical challenges. Repeatedly, the program has been named
one of the nationís top nursing homes by the Consumerís Research Council of America.
The Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) provides
individualized habilitative services that support and enhance each person's skills and strengths.
This includes individualized adult training work programs and recreation, both on and off campus.
Fircrest School is
close to major medical and
educational facilities that support the individuals
who live at Fircrest School. Its location allows
residents the opportunity to participate in many of
the sporting, cultural and outdoor events held in
the Seattle area.
Why is it important to have Fircrest as part of a continuum
ďWe are very happy with and grateful for Fircrest. It was a lifesaver and a wonderful place for our daughter. For the first time in her life she can say she has friends. She has wonderful activities that would have been impossible for us to provide on our own or for her to access through living in a group home.
And last but not least, due to her complex and sometimes impulsive and dangerous behavior, with her living at Fircrest we can now sleep at night knowing that she is safe.Ē
...Parent of Fircrest resident.