From Institution to Independence
CPWD’s Community Transition Services’ (CTS) primary goal is to transition people with disabilities out of nursing homes and medical institutions back into their own homes. CTS also provide supportand training for life skills and developing and maintaining independence.
There exists a pressing need in the community to support people with disabilities in transitioning from nursing care to independent home living. Institutionalized disabled individuals have limited independence and marginal support. They are often medicalized or managed, or worse, dismissed because hospitals and caseworkers do not have adequate referrals to support transition from institution to home living.
The fact is that every person transitioned from a nursing care facility or other institution to a home setting, even with in-home support, will save society money. Specifically, the comparative costs for care are about $81,000/yr for nursing home residence and $20,000 - $60,000/yr for home health care. That’s a $20,000 - $60,000/yr per person savings in Medicaid fees supported by taxpayers.
But what’s even more important than the dollars saved is the quality of life of the individuals served. People with any kind of disability have the potential and ability to live rich and fulfilling lives. With transition support and independence, many go on to develop professional skills and gain employment. They also integrate back into families and communities as regular citizens. For a person with a disability, independence and opportunity is priceless.
At CPWD, members of our team who are people with disabilities have also joined the Community Living Advisory Group to ensure that Medicaid benefits go towards helping people to integrate into and live in the community, as well as the Colorado Choice Transition Advisory Committee, to work towards transitioning all people with disabilities who choose to do so from nursing homes into independent living.