The RESIDENTIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT offers a wide array of services to adults and children with disabilities designed to promote individual choice and opportunity in the Berks County community.
Prospectus Berco operates community homes throughout Berks County for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Homes are staffed with support and provide a family atmosphere to approximately 90 adults.
In their own homes, people are able to pursue interests of their choice as well as participate and develop meaningful relationships. Our goal is to enable people living in community homes to live the life of their choice with people they care about and who care about them.
TEMPORARY VISITORS POLICY FOR COMMUNITY HOMES
(Effective Immediately and until further notice)
To maintain the health and safety of our program participants and employees, Prospectus Berco is following protocols for visitation to Community Homes:
Visitation may resume for Community Homes; however, arrangements need to be made in advance with the Residential On-site Manager to schedule their visit.
Visitors will be required to follow corporate protocols during their visit:
- No more than two people may visit at one time.
- Visitors will be contacted within one hour prior to their visit to complete a pre-health screening questionnaire.
- Before entering the home, visitors will have their temperature taken
- Visitors will be expected to wear full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including KN95/N95 mask, face shield, gown and gloves. If visitors do not have the required PPE, a PPE Kit can be purchased in advance by contacting Brooke Wagner, RN, Day Services Health Coordinator at 610-372-4737, ext. 703. The cost is $15.
- If possible, visits should be held outside or in a designated room away from others.
- Eating and drinking on the premises will be prohibited because that would require visitors to remove their mask.
- Visitors who wish to take a program participant out of the Community Home for travel out of the state, should know that in compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, program participants will have to self-quarantine for 14 days with no COVID-19 symptoms before returning to the Community Home. Follow the link for more information on the State travel order https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx
- Thank you for helping us to keep everyone safe!
LifeSharing through Family Living
This is a program in which adults with intellectual disabilities share in the joys and responsibilities of family life. Interested providers are screened by our professional staff annually and then matched with people who express their wish to live with a family. The success of this program is evidenced by the fact that some families have been sharing their lives for seven or more years.
Family Support Services
FSS is an innovative and exciting program that provides individualized services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families as determined by the families. Services may include respite care, family enrichment services, transportation, and homemaker services.
Temporary Respite Care
Providing support to individuals in their home, the home of a FSS worker, or licensed community home, respite care can be a “home away from home” and may be used on a temporary basis or for extended periods of time.
Programs are licensed by the Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs. For more information on this program, please contact Debbie Dallago, Residential Services Administrator.