AGP will be the premier provider of person-centered support services for adults with disabilities & age-related conditions and their caregivers. We will promote dignity and respect, and we will demystify fears to promote one community that is accepting of all diversity.
A Grace Place is proud to share our following organizational achievements:
A Grace Place provides therapeutic activities that are directly linked to clients’ desired personal outcomes documented in their Individual Service Plans, including the following:
· Provide purposeful and meaningful skills development – Each activity promotes functions that foster independence and carry over into community life. For example, purposeful activities, such as learning to set a table, take precedence over playing Bingo. (Games and coloring are used for periods of relaxation, and these activities do work on outcomes such as hand-eye coordination.)
· Provide educational activities – These activities vary with the cognitive abilities of clients. Examples range from learning how to spell their names to reading the newspaper and discussing particular stories.
· Provide sustained opportunities for optimal health – The overall program includes participating in physical activities designed especially for the types of disabilities and frailties that our clients experience; learning and practicing good nutrition; learning and practicing how to prevent infectious diseases; and focusing on proactive medical monitoring.
· Promote community inclusion - Staff focuses on activities that the general population spends time doing, promoting clients’ independence and community integration. A morning coffee klatch, for example, has become a regular routine for several clients from different programs.
Since 1967, A Grace Place has provided person-centered care that helps our service population connect with the community and engage in life as much as possible. Louis Michaux, who had severe cerebral palsy, founded the agency. Michaux did not want to provide adult “day care” for people with disabilities. He wanted to provide something more ordinary: a place to go each day for socialization, intellectual stimulation, health maintenance, and assistance with daily living activities in a way that promoted independence.
A Grace Place provides daytime therapeutic services for 220 adults, age 18+, with disabilities and age-related conditions. Our clients come from the greater Richmond area have complex mixes of multiple chronic conditions that can lead to progressive illnesses or life-threatening complications. They also have functional limitations, meaning they often need help with basic daily activities like eating, getting dressed, and toileting.
We help our clients
strengthen their self-determination, become healthier through physical activity
and medical monitoring, and become more connected to their communities – both
within our facility and in the greater community.
Following a person-centered therapeutic model, we help our clients enjoy beneficial recreation and nursing support in an environment that encourages social interactions as well as intellectual and physical activities. We work toward their individualized goals to maximize their outcomes on their Individual Service Plans. Despite our clients’ limitations, they have the capacity to participate in a range of community activities when provided the opportunity and appropriate supports.
Adult Day Health: Two distinct programs serve adults with age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, or physical disabilities that originated during early childhood or are the consequence of acute incidents that have resulted in chronic conditions, including cerebral palsy, diabetes, blindness, deafness, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Connections: Three programs to serve adults diagnosed with intellectual or developmental disabilities or autism. Many have additional medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. This program fosters and maintains clients’ connections to their communities.
We maintain strict licensure and regulatory oversight that drives a quality assurance similar to that of an accredited healthcare facility. Each month we compile data for each client in every program, and we have quarterly reviews combining reports from our care support coordinators, our agency health professionals, and our clients’ case managers. Annually, we have 6 licensure agencies audit our programs, resulting in detailed evidence of best practices.
A Grace Place is a BBB Accredited Charity meeting all 20 of their Standards for Charity, and we are the 2012 recipients of VCU Department of Gerontology’s TIME award (Theoretical Innovation in Maintaining Evidence-Based Practice). We have also been recognized for our LGBT sensitivity, as well as our Memory Support Program, person-centered care practices, and service learning.
We serve individuals throughout Central Virginia and as far away as Spotsylvania County and New Kent County.
On January 20, 2014, Karen Webb was appointed the new CEO. For more than three decades, Webb has served in executive leadership roles for nonprofit organizations at the national, regional, and local level.
We provide daytime health services for adults with IDD
(intellectual and developmental disabilities), age-related conditions, physical disabilities, Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias, and also provide respite and support for
their caregivers. We serve adults, ages 18 and older and our current clients range in age
from 20 to 100. We work with
clients and their family caregivers to ensure every client is able to remain
engaged in their surroundings, and remain as safe and healthy as possible.
Enable adults who are eligible for residential care facilities to live in their own homes or with family members, and participate in the life of the community.
Connections is built to serve adults diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Many within this program also have additional medical conditions
such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. Each participant in our Connections program has a personal care plan designed by our
program director, the client’s case manager, and the client’s family and/or
group home director. The
personal care plans focus on individual goals, not specific activities. This
allows the group to share activities and the connections they provide, while
working on their personal goals with the support of a staff member. We provide a low staff member to client ratio which enables this intensive
support. Activities occur both inside the agency and outside, to reflect the
array of connections we all need to remain healthy and feel included.
provides community inclusion and life skill development for residents of area
nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. Participants’ diagnoses include
intellectual disabilities and/or cerebral palsy and all require wheelchair and
mobility assistance for the program’s daily outings into the community. The
center also provides specialized transportation, including lift-equipped vans to support these outings.
Activities are designed to build independence and increase socialization.
Participants, supported by coaches, visit local stores and restaurants to shop
and dine, take part in arts and crafts activities, and participate in regular
serves those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Participants
include the elderly in various stages of dementia, as well as younger adults
with early onset Alzheimer’s. The program
is located in an area specifically designed to ensure participants feel
comfortable, safe, and supported. Our program’s holistic approach
includes a regular schedule of physical, mental, and social stimulation daily.
Our biggest challenge is the physical space in which our new programs take place. Due to licensure ratios, we don’t have the room to increase programs.
A Grace Place has two other challenges that are agency-wide. One of the overriding challenges we face as an agency is the community’s perception of the population we serve. There is that uncomfortable mix of pity and fear that puts people in an “out of sight, out of mind” disposition. We work to dispel those fears through education and by connecting our clients to their community and encouraging them to become active participants in it. As the community members’ fears are demystified, their ability to embrace diversity increases. Time and again, we witness new volunteers’ body language transform from closed and anxious to open and approachable as they become more comfortable with our clients.
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