Heather’s Story

Heather has a large family who loves and cares for her and her parents who've raised her, protected her, and included her fully in family life for over 40 years....

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Heather has a large family who loves and cares for her and her parents who’ve raised her, protected her, and included her fully in family life for over 40 years.

As her siblings grew older and began families of their own, Heather continued to live with her parents well into adulthood. While her parents were at work, she would attend a local Day Program. She would come home each day to an empty house until her parents would return from work. Her social interactions outside of family events were limited and she had to rely on her parents for every decision and interaction. She has been the center of her parent’s lives for decades and all their decisions and interactions relied on her. They became faced with a familiar worry that every parent of an adult child with intellectual disabilities has…who will provide the same love and care for their child when they no longer can? After a lot of research and prayers, they decided to move Heather into a community residential home operated by Passavant Memorial Homes (PMH).

PMH operates more than 140 community residential homes. Individuals living in our community homes enjoy living in residential neighborhoods with staff support available 24 hour a day. Every individual is encouraged to engage in a variety of vocational, recreational, spiritual, and leisure opportunities. PMH staff assist our residents as they choose and participate in events and activities in areas of personal interest. PMH strives to ensure that each individual’s needs are fulfilled and promote full and enriched lives.

When Heather moved into her home, she instantly felt a part of the family. Heather is extremely friendly and social and enjoys the camaraderie she has with the other ladies who live in the house. She loves to socialize, and community integrations has allowed her to thrive. She has a part-time job that she absolutely loves and rarely misses a day of work. Her family is welcomed with open arms when they visit her at home, and she has such pride when hosting them.

Heather’s successful transition to Residential Community Living has given her parents a renewed life. They’ve moved closer to Heather, so they could visit her often, and they also get to spend time with their other children and grandchildren as well. Most importantly, they have peace of mind knowing how happy and safe Heather is.