We are an agency Certified by Medicaid and the State of Ohio to provide Individual Options (I/O) services to persons with Developmental Disabilities. We have a Passion for persons with Developmental Disabilities, which we hope that you will find from all we serve, and all who know us. Our promise to all individuals, parents and/or guardians is that we will take the utmost care of their family member. Personal and Professional references may always be furnished upon request!
The services we provide are:
Our Expertise in the field of Developmental Disabilities is as follows, but not limited to:
We currently serve individuals in both Lake & Ashtabula counties. As we are a very small agency, our intent is staying very small and intimate. Our goal is to serve not more than 30 individuals in order to enable them the needed attention and services they so deserve. The purpose and goal of our agency is to provide the most quality of services and care, along with a normal living arrangement. Each service will be in line with each their Individual Service Plan (ISP), with the anticipation of taking them to their highest potential.
Clearwater Homes is owned and operated by LuAnn & Jerry Busch. LuAnn’s near twentyfour (24) year experience comes from being Administrator for a large facility in Lake County from 1995 to 2002, and now current Administrator for Clearwater Homes. Tom Currence was recently hired as co-Administrator and Director for *The Grape Escape, a Fun & Innovative Workplace (see link).
Clearwater Homes employs very professional Administrative Associates, Managers and Direct Caregivers, along with a consultant Registered Nurse. LuAnn personally interviews and hires each Caregiver with assistance from Clearwater Homes Program Director, Peggy Woodworth. Every staff associate, including Administrator, receives an initial minimum 14-hour Medication Pass Certification. Medication training is then not only held annually, but on-going as required by county, state and/or nursing regulations, and as needed. Further, our Program Director is experienced in developing and implementing Behavior Support Plans (BSP), while training and monitoring associates to follow the BSP.
All new hires must be a minimum of 18 years of age and have a minimum of one (1) year experience in the field of Developmental Disabilities. All management are required to have a minimum of three (3) years in the field of Developmental Disabilities. Prior to hire, all associates are required to receive a thorough background check, up to and including Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and State of Ohio finger-printing, driver’s license check, abuse & neglect registry checks, and nurse’s aid registry checks. Further required is CPR and First Aid Certification.
All new associates, immediately upon their hire, receive a minimum of eight (8) hour orientation training on Client Rights, Behavior Management Unusual and Major Unusual Incidents, Fire Safety Policies, and all agency Policy & Procedures. Required ‘on-the-floor’ training is a minimum of 3-5 days, depending upon client needs, a minimum of annually, and then on-going as needed and/or required by the county & state regulations.
Clearwater Homes further trains each and every consumer per their ISP in fire safety, fire control, evacuation, severe weather conditions and emergency response.
For consumer appointments and / or recreation, i.e. Doctor Appointments, Shopping and other Community Activities and Social Outings, Clearwater Homes provides a vehicle in each consumer home. More so, a full size handicap vehicle is provided for any individual’s use.