The LES department provides community-based supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in order to increase their community awareness, contribute positively to their community, and develop skills to lead a more independent life.
The Independent U Program provides supports for skill-based learning and development through volunteering. Program participants volunteer at more than 70 non-profits through out Lancaster County. Each day, participants volunteer at 2-3 locations and complete a variety of preferred tasks to work on specific areas of interest. Independent U is a great opportunity for people who are preparing for employment service. Volunteering provides the opportunity for participants to experience a typical workplace environment and potentially gain the necessary skills needed for competitive and gainful employment. This program operates Monday through Friday from 8am to 3pm.
Employment First Services
Our trained employment professionals can assess an individual’s interests, desires and skills, seek out the best possible job match, support the individual on the job and assist in establishing natural scaffolding in a way that affords the greatest possibility of success on the job with limited supports. Individual exploration along with community exploration is always at the core of what we are doing when it comes to employment. Excentia is a member of the Association of People Supporting Employment First and are firm believers in advancing integrated employment for people with disabilities.
Adult Day Services
ADULT DAY SERVICES
Individuals may attend on either a full or part-time basis. Supports may include instruction in communication, socialization, cognitive education, motor skills development, daily living skills, pre-vocational training and community orientation.
A wide variety of social and recreational activities are offered in the facility and within the community.
Adults receiving center based supports are assigned to one of four cheerful and spacious group areas. Individual desires and needs are of paramount importance in the selection of a specific group assignment. Individuals interact with one another and with their staff in a variety of challenging and interesting activities throughout the course of each day. Cooking, reading, arts & crafts, science & nature projects, gross motor activities, computer use, and musical events are all options.
Goals and supports are specified in each person’s Individual Supports Plan and carried out daily by staff. While many activities occur within the group area, there are opportunities to move about and socialize with people in other groups during weekly clubs such as the crowd favorites- Drumming Circle and Reading Circle. Every individual has opportunities to engage in community outings at least once a month. Outings are catered to the interests of the individuals and may include arcades, gardening centers, seasonal farm shows, museums, parks, shopping, and eating establishments as well as fitness outings including trips to bowling, roller rinks, and swimming.
Currently co-located in the Adult Day Services building, the Older Adult Daily Living Center provides supports to individuals with intellectual disabilities aged 60 and over and to younger adults with intellectual disabilities who also have a dementia-related diagnosis. This program is licensed by the PA Department of Aging. Emphasis is placed on socialization and recreational opportunities both in the facility and in the community. Individuals enjoy such activities as Bingo, arts and crafts, exercise, shopping in the community, picnics, walks, yard sales, and many others. Individual Care Plans are developed using a person centered approach which discovers the individual’s wants and desires as well as his or her needs.
Staff is specially trained in the needs of the older individual with intellectual disabilities. Supports are provided for individuals in all phases of personal care and hygiene from minimal assistance and supervision to full support. Individuals attend both full and part time.
Out and About
The Out and About program is designed to assist and support individuals in developing and enhancing home and community based skills that will enable them to function as independently as possible. Direct Support Professionals work 1:1 with the participant at a minimum of 4 hours per week in their home and/or community.
Below are lists of common skills people achieve through the program:
- Money management, financial planning
- Learning and utilizing public transportation
- Living more independently at home (cooking, cleaning, laundry etc)
- Becoming more familiar with community resources and opportunities
- Developing leisure activity preferences and trying new activities
- Choice and decision making
- Developing communication skills
- Developing social skills
- Making friends and connections in the community
- Developing a healthy lifestyle (exercising, healthy eating)
If you have a question and would like to speak with someone at Excentia, please direct your inquiry to one of our Program Champions. Our Program Champions can be reached by phone during their office hours or you can send them an email.
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- Name: Jeff Kepeck
- Phone: 717.519.6740 x233
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hours: 8-4PM
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