We specialize in working with young adults (ages 18-35) with disabilities. We offer programming to individuals that are still in school and can receive services after their regularly scheduled school day, on early releases, or days off from school. We will make exceptions to taking older clients if the group dynamics will not be affected. There have been some barriers with mixing a wider range of clients in the past due to differences in mobility, goals and instruction, and general interests in activities and conversations. This is not always the case, though, so we are open to exploring exceptions. Please keep in mind that we are exist to provide supportive services with an emphasis on life-long learning and enrichment. We are not an adult day care.
Our trained staff has experience working with a wide array of disabilities ranging from Down Syndrome to ADD to Autism. Their experience is certainly not limited to these, though. We have some (but limited) training in dealing with aggressive behaviors and mental health diagnoses but have experience with Non-violent crisis intervention and other strategies. In our home setting, we sometimes see a decrease in behaviors due to the calm environment we provide, making mental health crisis more easily manageable. That said, in a small setting like THH, it is not always in the best interest of participants to mix Mental Health clients with ID/DD populations. Our programming is geared more toward developmental delays, but this does not mean we do not address mental health issues or work with the medical community when it is needed. Some participants have mental health issues along with their developmental disability, after all!
Due to the fact that our curriculum involves daily shopping trips and outings outside the home, we require our participants to have mobility with our without adaptive equipment. The participant needs to be able to keep up with the pace of the group, and we can accommodate in most situations. We must be able to transition from one place to another in order to stay on schedule and ensure everyone's goals are met.
It is required that our participants have the ability to safely and effectively feed themselves independently or with verbal, visual, or physical prompting (provided that said prompting will not disrupt the flow and progression of a community experience). Any concerns with swallowing, stuffing, or eating disorders must be communicated fully and transparently with Mary and THH staff. If you provide us input, then we are aware. If not, we are putting participants in unsafe situations, as well as staff.
Toileting issues can be a health and social concern, so we require that all participants fully accept assistance with this daily function or be completely independent in toileting.
At this time we do not provide medical services. We provide medical support ONLY for the provision of first aid, CPR, and/or epi-pen use as needed. We do not administer medication, but participants will receive support while taking any necessary medication at THH. We will work with families on an individual basis to address other health issues that may need our attention.
Participants with mental health issues and/or those followed by psychologists, psychiatrists, or counselors must be managed properly with medications and be able to regularly exhibit behaviors that do not negatively impact the emotional or physical well being of staff or other clients. If we can be of support in behavior management without disrupting the flow of scheduling, we will work with you.
We do not have a specific level of cognitive functioning that is required to participate at THH. Instead, we think in terms of an individual's ability to accept and understand simple instruction (even with augmentative communication aides) and receive guidance toward assistance or independence in life tasks. Transitioning from one activity to the next, and an ability to stay with the group, is vital to keeping everyone's experience and learning at its peak. Our participants must be able to accept assistance and/or have the ability to deal with anxiety, stimulation, and general stress in a manner which can be addressed with sensory strategies, brief removal, and time to communicate their needs before returning to the group.
DLS is the service provided to any participant that desires to be taught daily living skills. This includes all the tasks and activities involved in personal hygiene, reading, physical/motor development, functional math/money management, time management, household cleaning and maintenance (indoor/outdoor), etc. When DLS hours are billed, it is for 1:1 or 1:2 support and skills instruction specific to the participant's goals.
Hourly day services are provided in our home setting for 1-40 hours per week according to each participant's desired goals. At THH, these services also involve instruction with the goal to advance learning, but it is not accomplished through 1:1 intervention. Peers are also a part of helping motivate and facilitate engagement to.
Respite is used for Special Events outside of scheduled service times at THH. We bill our THH participants under Respite only if they have enough funds to do so. Otherwise, THH participants without enough funds and other young adults who do not receive Day Services, but want to build friendships, can attend all Special Events for a significantly reduced rate. Respite hours may also be used in special circumstances when a participant needs to come early or stay late.
THH provides transportation when it fits within the THH daily schedule and does not disrupt our regular programming. We cannot guarantee transportation for every participant but will work with families to find solutions. Trip charges are typically covered through IRIS or other long-term care funding but can be covered privately by individual families. Sometimes, IRIS will approve transportation for pick-up/drop-off from work settings.
THH will provide support services that help participants obtain and maintain a job, including self employment at or above minimum wage. This service includes vocational/job-related discovery or assessment, person-centered employment planning, assistance with job placement, negotiations with prospective employers, job coaching, and tools/training to maximize the participant's effectiveness in that role.
Home Visits are considered if it is the best, least restrictive option for a participant and will fall under under Daily Living Skill (DLS) Services as listed above. Participants may choose this as a step toward their next stage of life (i.e. moving out) or when their home is the most appropriate setting. Instead of $27/hour, the rate is adjusted to account for THH staff reduction.
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Some participants are enrolled in a long-term care plan that offers services that foster independence and quality of life for members while recognizing the need for interdependence and support. Mary and the THH staff also work with LTC agents to design the right Support Plan for each participant.
Participants who enroll in additional programs or events beyond the government funded Service Plans can pay by check or online via credit card or PayPal processing. THH offers many fun and exciting events, particularly in the warmer months, and many participants pay on their own for these interactive, social experiences. If a family has financial hardships, THH is willing to work out special considerations.
"We have had several providers prior to using THH. My son has had top notch professionals here. Mary and her staff are highly reliable, accommodating, and positive when working on specific goals. They provide a good plan, going above and beyond to encourage accountability from my son. Mary has a wealth of knowledge given her background and personal experience. All I can say is she has truly been an angel for my son and he would have not made the progress he has without her. He would enthusiastically agree with everything I have said."
"Mary started working with My daughter a little over a year ago. She has helped engage in functional activities to improve her muscle strength and continues to work on posture. Mary has been such a positive influence on Maria and our family. She goes out of her way to look for equipment that will help in her daily care needs. She found a stander and transported it to our home and we still have it with us. She had her brother make special silverware that would make it easier for our daughter to eat and reduce the spills. Her experience and professional skills as an Occupational Therapist has been invaluable although her services are not medical through THH. She keeps her focus on daily living skills and non-therapeutic approaches. Thank you Mary for your service to individuals with disabilities."
"We are truly thankful for the support and guidance we have received from the wonderful staff at The Haase House. Our daughter recently transitioned into independent living, and the services she receives from Mary, Laura, and the rest of the staff are such an important part of her success. They provide a safe, caring environment for their clients to learn, grow, and achieve their full potential."
"I wanted to share what a wonderful Day Program The Haase House is. My son Travis loves going to The Haase House because they teach him how to cook, they do stretching and exercises, they make crafts and have lots of learning during the day. Travis likes to see all of his friends there and he enjoys doing the activities that The Haase House provides. Travis has become more confident and he carries on more conversations since going to The Haase House. I’m very appreciative that Mary Haase started this program because Travis has grown from all of the experiences that they provide during the day. "
Give Owner/Director, Mary Haase, a call at the number below to
discuss specifics on how THH can help support and improve the life of your loved one with a disability.
312 Roberts Drive, Mukwonago, Wisconsin 53149, United States