FAQ’s

FAQs

Is Area Residential Care a nonprofit?
Yes, Area Residential Care is a 501(c)3 private non-profit organization that started in 1968. Our sole mission is to empower people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their highest quality of life.

Where are your services provided?
Services are primarily available to residents of Dubuque, Jackson, Delaware, and Jones counties in Iowa.

How many people do you serve at Area Residential Care?
Each year we serve approximately 250-275 people with disabilities in our vocational, residential and day programs. Our programs impact many more than just the people we directly serve. Vocational programs help business owners get valuable employees or important work done in a cost-effective manner. Many of our day program participants learn skills by volunteering throughout the community at places such as the Dubuque Arboretum, the Mission and many others. As you can see, our services have a large impact throughout the communities we serve.

Is Area Residential Care Accredited?
Yes, Area Residential Care takes pride in receiving the highest possible level of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). It is an indication of the agency’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. Currently, the agency is working on its 7th consecutive 3-year accreditation.

What does ICF/ID mean?
Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities – People participating in ICF/ID programs generally are in need of intense training in basic living skills and/or behavior management.

What does RCF/ID mean?
Residential Care Facility for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities – The services provided to each person living in these homes is governed by licensing regulations.

What are Area Residential Care’s community living services?
These supported services can range from 24-hour site based services to very independent living where people with disabilities may only be served a few hours each month. This service is capable of providing a high degree of flexibility for those living in their own apartment, their own home or parental/family home.

What types of vocational opportunities do you provide people with disabilities?

  • In-facility Employment
    Workers with disabilities complete tasks, mostly small assembly and packaging, in a group setting located at the main building in Dubuque, with constant staff supervision.
  • Enclave Employment
    Workers with disabilities, in groups of 4 to 20, report to the community business and perform work there with regular employees of the business. Agency staff provide supervision and act as a liaison between the workers and the employer.
  • Mobile Work Crews
    Under close supervision, crews of workers with disabilities go to various businesses in the community and complete tasks, usually cleaning and janitorial, before going to the next business on their schedule.
  • Individual Supported Employment (Job Coach)
    Job coaches provide one-on-one job task training to each worker in a wide variety of work environments.
  • Competitive Job Placement
    Workers with disabilities are helped to find employment in the community without job coaching to maintain employment status.

How is Area Residential Care funded?
Area Residential Care gets fees for the services it provides from federal, state and county sources such as Federal Title IXX, HCBS Waiver programs and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. On a continuing basis, Area Residential Care seeks monetary and in-kind donations to pay for capital expenditures that help to further our mission.

Do you have more questions? Please call 563.556.7560 or email info@arearesidentialcare.org for more information today.