Support Services

North Metro Support Services provides a wide range of services to help support individuals living at home with family members or living independently in the community.

North Metro Support Services are designed to supplement existing natural, community, and family supports and resources that are already in place.

The services and supports provided by the SLS program are intended to work in concert with existing resources and are tailored to meet the individual needs of each program participant to assure that the individual lives as independently and safely as possible.

Carrie Morris
Support Services Director

Marisela Blanco
Associate Director of Support Services

Services Available

Mentorship

Mentors meet with individuals one on one to instruct, model, advise, or provide experiences to assist individuals with full participation in their communities.  Mentors can assist individuals with interviewing potential providers, understanding complicated health and safety issues, and with participation on private or public boards, advisory groups and commissions.  Mentors can assist with understanding medical information by reviewing forms or assisting individuals in communicating with medical professionals.  Mentors can assist individuals with finding resources in their families or in the community.  Mentors can assist with understanding leases and making housing decisions.

Homemaker

Homemakers provide the opportunity to learn household tasks such as cleaning, doing laundry, and some household maintenance.  Homemakers cue or prompt individuals through the skills they need to independently care for a household.

Personal Care

Support Partners provide the opportunity to learn personal care skills.  Support Partners cue or prompt individuals through the skills necessary to participate in daily activities including hygiene, bathing, eating, dressing, grooming, bowel and bladder care, and menstrual care.

Respite

Support Partners provide relief for caregivers so they may take time for themselves, work extended hours, or attend to personal medical needs.  Respite can be provided in the individual’s home, the Support Partners home, or in the community.

Supported Community Connections (SCC)

SCC provides assistance to support the abilities and skills necessary to enable the participant to access typical activities and functions of community life such as those chosen by the general population, including community education or training, or retirement and volunteer activities.  SCC provides a wide variety of opportunities to facilitate and build relationships and natural supports in the community, while utilizing the community as a learning environment to provide services and supports as identified in the SP.  These activities are conducted in a variety of settings in which participants interact with community members.  These types of services may include socialization, adaptive skills and personnel to accompany and support the individual in community settings, resources necessary for participation in activities and skill acquisition, retention, or development.  Supported Community Connections help to promote safety and independence, develop skills for participation in the community, and work toward personal goals.

SCC activities can be provided one-on-one or in a small group setting.

Hiring Family Members

NMCS Support Services is happy to hire family members or friends to provide services and supports.  Family members or friend referrals can apply online.   If a paper application is preferred please contact Marisela Blanco, the Support Services Coordinator at 303-457-1001 extension 1523.

Family members or friend referrals are required to participate in all required trainings annually.  Required training includes but may not be limited to: First Aid and CPR, MANE / Legal Rights, Incident Reporting, Defensive driving and Preventing Disease Transmission.