Wah Der Yee had been living at the Northern Virginia Training Center for more than 10 years when her family approached The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT to explore our residential programs. They believed she was ready to move into a community-based setting closer to their home, but because Wah has such complex needs, they needed to be sure that the program was willing and able to support her.
This transition required careful planning. Wah has serious medical support needs for seizures, a gastrostomy tube (g-tube) for medications and supplemental feeding, dysphagia, and incontinence care. She uses a wheelchair, has braces, requires daily range of motion exercises, and walks using a stander walker with the support of a physical therapist. She requires total care. This includes personal hygiene, feeding, medication administration, inserting her g-tube when it needs to be replaced, and coordinating care with her physicians. After many meetings to review Wah’s support needs and to develop a person-centered individualized service plan, both Wah’s family and group home staff were confident that she was ready to move.
In June, 2014, Wah moved into her new home which she shares with four other women. “She is truly enjoying her life in the community and is thriving despite her serious medical issues. She is always smiling and brightens everyone’s day,” say staff who work closely with her.
Her life now is more social than it had been at NVTC. She loves to spend time with her friends in the community, and particularly loves visiting Sweet Frog, Target, and her favorite hairdresser. Staff says that her cheerful disposition has had an impact on those around her. One comments that, “The Woodbridge community is a better place now that she is living there.”