The annual Structured Family Caregiving Appreciation Luncheon, held June 15 at Southern Hills Church in Salem, was “a day at the beach.” With lots of sea shells, sun and activities, the afternoon honored the program’s 16 residents and their caregivers.
Part of the Community Resources Department at Blue River Services, Inc., the program offers a unique approach to assisted living for adults with disabilities. With funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Indiana’s Aged and Disabled Waiver, consumers are matched with caring, responsible families who welcome them into their home and provide daily structure in support of improving self-sufficiency.
This year’s resident of the year was Kenny Taylor, who won over staff with his “million-dollar smile” and “mischievous giggle.” Taylor also overcame many physical obstacles and continued to succeed in reaching his goals.
The householders, as the support families are called, also were recognized for their service to Blue River Services, Inc. and the people the agency serves. Debbie Byrd was awarded householder of the year for her 12 years of service and going above and beyond for her consumer, who is considered part of the family.
“Debbie involves the consumer that resides with her in every aspect of her family’s life,” said Tammy Seitz, Director of Community Resources. “This includes family vacations, church events, family reunions and birthday parties. Debbie is an amazing asset to Blue River Services, Inc. and her consumer.”
As everyone finished a beach picnic-inspired lunch provided by Shady Patch Farm, Murie Medlock, program manager, presented a video chronicling residents and their adventures throughout the past year.