Deinstitutionalization

The process of transitioning from a nursing facility to community-based living can be complex and lengthy or it may be easier than commonly expected depending on the needs of the individual. There is a lack of awareness among many individuals living in facilities, their family and the community-at-large that options exist which allow individuals to choose whether to receive their personal care in a facility or in the community in their own homes. ECI is proactively addressing the obstacles on institutionalization by providing residents of facilities the informed choice and consumer control to live independently. Teamwork exists within ECI through a process where staff join together to assist persons with a goal to move from a facility to the community with housing options, Medicaid Waiver options, Independent Living Skills Training, and support coordination. ECI networks with other community and state programs to support the person with a disability’s move to the community.

Do you live in a nursing home, group home or training facility and would you like information on other types of housing options?

Nursing Home Outreach Services are designed to provide a participant in a nursing facility or other type of living facility, the core services:

  • Information and Referral Services;
  • Independent living Skills Training;
  • Peer Counseling; and
  • Individual and Systems Advocacy.

Within those core services, information is provided on how to advocate for nursing home rights, assist with discharge planning for community-based living, and information on housing options for community-based living.