COVID-19 UPDATE: As of May 2021 all our sites are open and many consumers are returning as vaccination rates are increasing dramatically. For now we will continue to offer remote services for those consumers not ready to return.
Baroco has six Day Habilitation Programs located at:
Baroco’s Day Habilitaiton Programs are open in Monday through Friday from 9 am – 3 pm. We rarely close for inclement weather and we are in operation 12 months a year. We are closed on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and Christmas Day.
PEOPLE WE SERVE
The Programs are designed to serve over adults ranging in age from 22 to 75. While individualized services are designed to meet each participant needs, we also pay particular attention, and tailor programming, to the special needs presented by the variety of ages of the people we serve. Services are completely free to people who qualify for Mass Health.
While each program has it’s unique characteristics they also have much in common. Each program is designed to provide innovative opportunities and activities to adults living with intellectual and physical disabilities by teaching participants various skills which help to enhance, strengthen and attain personal growth and independence in their lives. Our day programs offer integrated therapies of Occupational, Behavior Management, Physical and Speech to address functional skill building in the following domains: Communication, Socialization, Behavior, Independent Living, Self Help, Gross and Fine Motor, and Sensory Awareness. We also provide opportunities to address Choice Making, Self Advocacy, and Community Awareness by expanding on each individual’s needs, preferences and unique learning styles.
In the event of closure Baroco is pleased to offer Remote Zoom Services Daily at 10:00am & 1:00pm as well as phone calls.
Each of our Day Habilitation Programs offer nursing services to the program participants. Each Program has at least one Registered Nurse and one Licensed Practical Nurse. Some programs have more nursing due to the complex medical needs of the participants. Nursing is available on a daily basis to act as a liaison to the participants Primary Care Physician, educate staff and participants on relevant medical issues, administer medication and monitor health conditions of the participants.
In an effort to insure all participants receive high quality services Baroco employs ample staff to provide a learning environment which addresses individualized skill building activities in each location. This includes a full time Director and Assistant Director whose primary functions are to maintain a safe, organized and professional program. We also employ full time Developmental Specialists and part time Instructors to insure we meet the varying individual needs of the program participants by fulfilling the goals and objectives outlined in their Day Habilitation Service Plan (DHSP). Additionally all Baroco programs offer consultants for the assessment and development of goals and objectives to assist the participants in reaching their optimal level of independence. They include a Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Behavior Specialist and a Music Therapist.
Baroco is strongly committed to ensuring that we meet the cultural and linguistic needs of all of our participants. We have worked hard to ensure that we have excellent bilingual/bicultural staff to interact with our bilingual participants and their families. We feel this is absolutely critical if we are going to give all of our participants the opportunity to reach their full potential.
For a number of years Baroco has been providing participants with an opportunity to volunteer in a variety of capacities in their local communities. We feel volunteering strengthens our community relationships and helps to enrich the lives of our volunteers and valued members of the community. Volunteer activities may include things such as volunteering in local nursing homes, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, raising money through annual craft fairs to donate to various local charities which may include local homeless shelters and food pantries. The accomplishments and achievements of our volunteers have been recognized by local service organizations as well as the local newspapers.
Transportation to and from the facility is also completely free. People who are accepted into the program will have their transportation set up by their Local Area Office of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).