Al and Toni Find Support from Family First
Al has a lot going on. He attends a day program, volunteers at a nursing home, and enjoys mixed martial arts, acting, writing, and cooking. The active 24-year-old is also working towards a goal not unlike other people his age—he wants to move out and become more independent. Al has an intellectual and developmental disability and needs personalized supports. He currently lives with his mother Toni who is also his caregiver.
Toni wants to help Al achieve his goals while ensuring he has the supports and skills he needs to thrive. When Al became an adult, she felt the best thing while he prepared for independent living would be for him to remain in the family home rather than move to a residential facility. But being a parent and a caregiver to an adult can be challenging. Al and Toni were referred to the Family First program and are thrilled with the difference it’s made. They now receive support from their dedicated coordinator, who they can both count on 24/7 to answer any questions and provide guidance. Through the program, they also receive nursing support, case management, and an individual service plan which outlines Al’s needs, care and goals.
Toni and Al are happy to be part of Massachusetts MENTOR’s Family First program. Al believes it has helped them work through their challenges, and Toni agrees, saying that it has helped them find middle ground. Al continues to work toward his goal of independent living. While he prepares for the next stage of his life, he and his mother have the additional support of the Family First program to help him get there.