Supervised Group Living:
Blue River Services, Inc. operates seven group homes in Crawford, Floyd, Harrison and Washington Counties. The homes are staffed 24-hours a day by skilled and caring staff who provide continuous and individualized instruction in daily living skills, socialization, self-help, recreation and community integration. The focus is on increasing independence and learning to be an active member of their community.
Each individual is encouraged to take an active role in identifying personal goals that he/she would like to fulfill. Residents are instrumental in developing a plan of action to achieve their goals.
To be eligible, individuals must be 18 years or older, Medicaid eligible, and have a primary diagnosis of an intellectual disability. Fees are paid through Medicaid. Six of the homes are wheelchair accessible.
Tim Beitzel is the Director of the Supervised Group Living program. To learn more about group home openings or residential services, please contact him or Nona Besendorf, Social Service Liaison, at 812-738-4996, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
We are proud of the family atmosphere and quality of our group homes. Please call to set up an appointment or a tour. We would be happy to discuss residential placement options and answer any questions you may have.
SGL TEAM HELPS RAISE FUNDS FOR NEIGHBORING NON-PROFIT
Blue River Services, Inc. adapted its motto of “People Serving People” to “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” for a day in support of Rauch, Inc.’s inaugural Rauch & Roll event July 8 to help raise funds for services that support people with disabilities and the WHAS Crusade for Children.
The Blue River Services team, led by Nona Besendorf, BSW, social service liaison in the Residential Supervised Group Living Department, raised $350 for the cause and walked a mile around the Industrial Park in New Albany where Rauch is located.
“The residents all enjoyed the walk,” said Besendorf, who was recently recognized for her 30 years of service at Blue River. “We enjoyed music, food and everyone was given a t-shirt for participating. It was a great day.”
Rauch & Roll is a non-competitive walk/roll (by wheelchair, stroller, etc.) around the one-mile course at Rauch, Inc., followed by music and a cookout.
BRS group home residents Tom Davito, Stephen Ledford (white sunglasses), Randy Beckett, left, and Donald Fancher participate in Rauch and Roll.
From left, Pat Borho, Stephen Ledford, and Nona Besendorf, BSW, share a laugh during lunch following their 1K walk.
NOW HIRING Supervised Group Living LIFE SKILLS INSTRUCTORS
We have several positions open for Supervised Group Living (SGL) Life Skills Instructors. Full- and part-time positions are available at Blue River Services group homes located in Corydon, Salem, Palmyra, New Albany, and Milltown. Second- and third-shift positions, as well as first, second and third weekend shifts are available. Blue River Services also offers “substitute” status in this position, in which you can work as needed, as available. Most shifts are weekday evenings and weekends, because residents are out in the community during the day, either working at jobs or attending day services at BRS workshops.
Each group home has up to seven adult residents with developmental disabilities living at the home. This is their home and in some cases has been their home for most of their adult life. Each home is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is a great opportunity for college students to work outside their school schedule and medical students who need internship hours. No experience is necessary; training is provided. Must be eager to help others with a compassion for all individuals and a desire to be a positive role model and companion for residents. Examples of duties include assisting residents with grocery shopping, preparing meals and general housekeeping. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must possess an accredited high school diploma or equivalent and a valid driver’s license. Drug testing required. Health benefits are available for full-time employees working 30 hours or more. Dental, vision, life, 401k and other benefits, including paid time off, are offered to employees working 20 hours or more in this position. BRS is an equal employment opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.
For more information on specific openings at each home, please see below.
- Corydon (McGrain and Summit View homes & Sub status) – Contact Tim at 812-738-4996
- Salem (Oak) – Contact Bailey at 812-883-4852
- Salem (Nichols) – Contact Holly at 812-883-1528
- Palmyra – Contact Jamie at 812-596-1455
- New Albany – Contact Barb at 812-734-4310
- Milltown – Contact Eric at 812-365-2751
For a complete list of all current job openings and an application, please click on the “Careers” tab.
Nichols Avenue Group Home Achieves Rare Cite-Free Survey
The staff at Blue River Services, Inc. Nichols Avenue Group Home in Salem have a lot to celebrate this year. The team accomplished a nearly impossible feat -- receiving a citation-free state survey.
According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there are hundreds of regulations a supervised group home must comply with, from documentation, medication administration, custodial care, and health and safety, to individual rights and responsibilities, confidentiality, environmental requirements, and resource availability.
“We have a long history of great surveys at this facility, but it is extremely rare to receive a citation free survey,” said Tim Beitzel, Director of Supervised Group Living. “This shows the exceptional quality of care that Blue River Services provides to their consumers.”
The Indiana State Department of Health, which is responsible for licensing Indiana health care facilities, also serves as the state survey agency for Medicare/Medicaid certification programs, such as group homes. A state surveyor conducts an onsite assessment annually to observe staff and consumers. Interviews with consumers also are held to discuss their level of participation in and choice of services, as well as outcomes.
“The annual recertification process is important,” said Beitzel, “because it holds us to the highest quality standards to provide supports to the individuals we serve.”
Nichols Group Home, operated by Blue River Services, Inc. under the Supervised Group Living program, has been serving adults with developmental disabilities since 1987.
Pictured Above: Nichols Group Home staff members are, from left, Tyra Gant, Stephanie Scifres, Holly Troncin, Carolyn “Susie” Robinson, Elizabeth Navarro-Johnson, and William “B.J.” Spencer, and seated, Deana Williams, left, and Robin Swartz.
BRINGING HOME THE GOLD
Summit View Group Home resident Lowell Norskov brought home gold in three events at the May 13 Special Olympics event held in Seymour, Indiana. Norskov competes in the long jump, 50-meter run and softball throw.