In 2006, Frontier Community Services developed an Adult Day program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who reside in Ross County called “Options”. The Options program creates a true alternative to work for adults who either do not work or who work less than five days a week. Options is client driven, with services and activities created based upon clients’ needs and desires. The program emphasis is on community integration. Outings into the community make up a significant portion of the programming, dictated by the needs and wishes of the participating individuals and limited only by available community and financial resources.
Activities within the program are as grand and numerous as the wishes of the participants, creativity of the program staff, and resources available will permit. Activities offered include: daily living skill development; arts and crafts; current events and leisure activities in the community; computer activities; fitness and exercise activities; healthy lifestyle skill development; sensory stimulation; utilization of community resources; and home and garden skill development. Hiking, picnics, attending fairs and festivals, museums, restaurants, coffee houses, attending hover craft competition, or catching the occasional movie are all activities, to mention a few, that have been enjoyed by individuals attending Options. These activities are a productive alternative to traditional day programming and serve to enrich lives while providing needed socialization.
The program is open to all individuals eligible for Adult Day Services under the state Medicaid waiver programs. Frontier is a state-certified provider of Adult Day Services through the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation. Frontier staff are friendly and certified under State of Ohio standards. Options operates Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m..