What is an intermediate care facility? It is a residential facility (ICF) serving four or more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities or related conditions. Services are provided around the clock in homes ranging in size from six to more than 100 people. ICF provides active treatment that includes a continuous, aggressive, and consistent implementation of a program of specialized and generic training, treatment, and health or related services, directed toward helping the enrollee function with as much self-determination and independence as possible. Many ICF residents work in the community, with supports, or participate in vocational or other activities outside of the residence, and engage in community interests of their choice. These activities are collectively often referred to as day programs.
I recently enrolled my youngest brother into Merryfield ICF in Covington VA and he loves it. It’s a beautiful facility located in a residential area. The facility is a huge one story home with a yard, picnic shelter, wrap around porches, huge rooms with beautiful decor, large kitchen and dining area, several tv and activity rooms, offices for the director, assistant director, staff, nurse and counselors. There are only seven residents, male and female, currently in the home that my brother resides in with some sharing a room which includes their own bathroom. The staff is so caring and gentle with the residents. The residents are kept busy with day schools, jobs, fun and games, trips, music, Special Olympics and so much more. Self worth is a major issue directed to the residents.
Brother has made a lot of new friends, learned to bowl, is relearning writing skills, telling time, participated in the JAM in March (March was Intellectual Disabilities Month) and played with the “bell choir”. He and his roommate have become great friends and have lots of interests in common including old movies, westerns, NASCAR, wrestling, basketball/football and music.
I now wish that I had known about the facility and it educational benefits for my brother much sooner. He stays very active and has learned to use the telephone and calls me two or three times a week. Now he not only has his immediate family but a whole new family at Merryfield.