Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRA)
In March 1994, Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County opened its first Individual Residential Alternative (IRA). Our IRA’s were developed to ensure that the consumers who reside in them have the individualized support that they need to live as full a life as possible. The programs range from IRA’s that provide 24 hour “total’ care to an innovative supportive apartment complex for consumers who have the capacity to care for themselves with reduced staff supports. Our IRAs include:
- Kirschner Residence – In May 2009, a residential program was opened by Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County to serve young adults with multiple disabilities. The Lewis C. Kirschner Residence is located in Kerhonkson and is home to eight individuals with a wide variety of disabilities. Consumers who reside in the Kirschner participate in community events and day training and day rehabilitation services. Some Kirschner consumer residents also participate in supportive employment services.
- Koenig Residence – The Koenig Residence serves individuals with developmental disabilities who need supervision and training primarily in the area of independent living skills. These individuals may also, due to their level of physical disabilities, require physical assistance from staff in some of their personal care or in activities of daily living. Located in Kingston, Koenig residents have easy access to the community events throughout the city.
- Keresman Apartments – The Keresman Apartment serves adults living in individual apartment units who have achieved a significant level of independence. There are eight apartments located in Lake Katrine, just north of Kingston. Shopping malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and community activities are all located less than a half mile from the residence. Staff provide these individuals with the level of assistance, oversight and guidance they require based on their independent living skill needs. Twenty-four hour supervision is not provided in the Keresman Apartments. Individuals receive individual service plans provided by Cerebral Palsy staff or by other service providers and include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy or individual counseling.