About

Purpose Statement:

HomeCare for Living Well, a program of the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania (CILCP), assists people with disabilities and older adults in living well by providing services to expand their independence in the community.

Our Story

The Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania (CILCP) has always been committed to providing programs and services that are chosen and directed by consumers. This mindset, coupled with the Living Well Philosophy, has led the board  and Executive Staff to identify and fill needs for consumer-directed programs in our state.

In 2014, the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania recognized a need for personalized attendant care services in the Central Pennsylvania region. It was brought to our attention that individuals who needed attendant care services were being offered little to no choice of attendants, providers, services, etc. by existing agencies. Our staff, many of which have disabilities themselves, saw that agencies who provided attendant care services were assigning attendants to consumers at random, without regard for the consumer’s wishes.

“What’s important to understand about attendant care,” explains Janetta Green, Acting CEO of the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania, “is that attendants provide extremely personal services to consumers in their homes—a very intimate place for most people. It can be extremely uncomfortable inviting a stranger into your home and requiring their assistance to cook, clean, shower, etc.”

After identifying the need for consumer-directed attendant care services that allow individuals with disabilities and older adults to choose their attendants and control who does and does not enter their homes, the CILCP launched HomeCare for Living Well (HCLW). HCLW is an agency with choice—our staff will hire family members or previous caregivers to continue providing services for consumers, if desired. When there are no existing caregivers, we work very hard to pair consumers with attendants who will make them feel comfortable and provide opportunities for consumers to meet their attendant and establish trust prior to their first visit. Our goal is always to provide consumers with the choice to direct their own services, and we’re dedicated to supporting attendant care your way.

Living Well Philosophy

As a program of the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania, HomeCare for Living Well abides by the Living Well Philosophy. This philosophy, developed by the CILCP, aims to eliminate and prevent barriers that inhibit individuals with disabilities from living well through a wide range of services that enhance their quality of life, beyond physical measures of well-being.

Independent Living Philosophy

In addition, HomeCare for Living Well abides by the Independent Living Philosophy, which aims to place all decision-making control in the hands of the consumer (whether they be an individual with a disability or an older adult). The Independent Living Philosophy holds that persons with disabilities and older adults should have the same range of options as the general population, should have optimal control over their own lives, regardless of assistance needed, and should live however they choose in their community.

Staff

Director of Community Services - Ginny Rogers

Ginny has been working for the CILCP and overseeing HomeCare for Living Well since April of 2019. As Director of Community Services, Ginny manages hiring, training of all HomeCare employees, and Community Services Programs.

 

Contact Ginny Rogers: grogers@cilcp.org

 

Director of HomeCare - Yolanda Hart

 

Yolanda has been working for HomeCare for Living Well since August of 2019. As Director of Homecare, Yolanda oversees the day to day operations of all homecare services, supports the HomeCare for Living Well staff, and assists in providing seniors and individuals with disabilities with the opportunity to live independently in their own homes.

Contact Yolanda Hart: yhart@cilcp.org

Kate Thweatt
Kate Thweatt

Field Supervisor

Kate joins HomeCare for Living Well, a program of the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania, with a background in administration and homecare provision. Her education includes a BA and MA in English and Theological History and a minor in clinical psychology, she is a “forever student” who recently decided to go back to school for a degree as a Certified Registered Nurse after spending a few years as homecare attendant and realizing the great deficit the medical field has in nurses. Kate is an avid human rights advocate, greatly admires the authors C.S. Lewis, Henri J.M. Nouwen, Cornel West, and Priscilla Pope-Levison. One of her favorite places in the world is Dewey and Rehoboth Beach where she goes each summer with her family. Kate resides in Carlisle, PA with her partner, her partner’s three children, and their loveable geriatric cat, Ellie Mae.

Contact Kate Thweatt: kthweatt@homecareforlivingwell.com

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