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Q. What is the age range for individuals to attend Cedars?

A. Cedars provides services for adults.  In most cases, individuals who are 22 and older are served by Cedars programs.


Q. Does Cedars have an open house so I can see in ‘real-time’ how the individuals participate in the programs?

A. Cedars is happy to arrange tours of day programs and residential settings. 


Q. Can Cedars provide services for people who live out of the area?
A. Yes. Individuals who live outside of the Golden Gate Regional Center service area must work with their local case manager to be referred to Cedars, and the referral must be approved by the Golden Gate Regional Center. Those who are paying privately do not need to go through this process are welcome to explore Cedars.


Q. Can individuals reside fulltime at Cedars?

A. Yes.  Cedars only provides fulltime residential programs and does not provide respite services.  However, residents often visit their family, friends and go on vacations.

Q. Do you have group homes and how are individuals selected to be in one home over another?

A. All Cedars residential services are provided in a group home setting.   Each home offers a different level of support. Individual needs are assessed through the admissions process in order to ensure that the right level of support is offered to the individual.


Q. Can my family member attend a day program without residing at Cedars?

A. Absolutely.  Many Cedars day program participants live elsewhere – with families, in their own homes, or in other group home settings.


 Q. I noticed you have three different day programs.  Is it possible for my family member to attend one program for a month, then switch to another the following month and so on?

A. Many day program participants have created a regular weekly schedule that includes participation in more than one Cedars day program.

Q. While attending one of the programs, are the individuals guided carefully throughout the day?  My daughter has some very specific needs that need to be attended to.

A. Each day program has a specific participant to staff ratio and a program design that allows for the support of various needs.  The assessment process provides an opportunity to determine if the individual needs can be met by the program.


Q. How are the rooms set-up for the full-time residents?

A. Basic bedroom furniture can be provided for residents, but most choose to bring their own.  Individuals are encouraged to decorate their room and make it feel like home.


Q. Can my family member have a private room?

A. Yes - Most of the bedrooms at Cedars are private; a few shared rooms are available. 


Q. How are the days structured for the residents?

A. Residents attend day programs or go to work Monday – Friday from about 8-3.   During the evenings and weekends residents participate in community activities, share household chores like laundry, meal preparation and shopping and enjoy the comforts of sharing a home with friends.


Healthy Living

Q.  How does Cedars support individual health care needs in the residential settings?

A.  Cedars uniquely designed Health and Wellness Department offers healthcare coordination for all Cedars residents including assistance such as accompanying them to appointments, tracking health care data and working with residential staff on individual health care objectives.

Q. Does Cedars offer fitness activities for all residents?

A. Cedars encourages regular exercise for all residents.  This might include neighborhood walks, participation in Special Olympics or working out at a gym. Cedars has a fitness room located on the Main Campus, and also enlists the weekly services of a wellness trainer to support and encourage individuals in their fitness goals.


Q. I’m concerned about my son’s dietary limitations, how would that be managed?

A. We are happy to support most dietary plans, including those ordered by physicians.


Q. Do the parents have influence over the food provided at Cedars?

A. Menus are developed by residents and staff based on the preferences of the residents and Cedars nutrition guidelines.

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