Holiday decorations, baking and gifts headline this house visit.
On Tuesday, December 14, a handful of Scioto employees traveled to Westerville, Ohio, to share a little holiday cheer. They visited a home where NeuroRestorative Ohio, a partner of The MENTOR Network, supports the needs of people with acquired brain injuries. The house, which officially opened in early September, currently houses one individual, but plans are underway to add as many as four more people in the near future. The Scioto Santas arrived with holiday wreaths and poinsettias to decorate the house for the upcoming Christmas holiday, and they baked cookies and wrapped presents. The gifts, which are intended for individuals who don’t have family members, will be distributed to MRDD homes operated by The MENTOR Network and its partners in Ohio.
“This is the first NeuroRestorative home in Ohio,” explained Genny Beck, Program Director for NeuroRestorative Ohio. “It’s a support transitional living home for individuals with brain injuries. Our goal is to work with them and try to get them to the highest level possible, and then transition them back into the community.” At least one staff member is always on site around the clock. The individuals who live in the house participate in a daily schedule of exercise, outdoor and area activities, and life skills training. They are also involved in safety and self-awareness education. Prior to the September move-in, the house underwent a substantial renovation which brought it up to code and made it completely accessible.
By the time the evening’s activities had come to a close, holiday decorations adorned the house; the sweet smell of freshly baked cookies filled the air; and the laughter and holiday cheer that arrived only a few hours earlier had become contagious. Best of all, the Scioto Santas had a great time spreading goodwill and best wishes for the holiday.
NeuroRestorative is a leading provider of post-acute rehabilitation services for people of all ages with brain and spinal cord injuries and other neurological challenges. In a variety of locations and settings, we offer a continuum of care and rehabilitation options, including specialized services for children, adolescents, and active duty service members and Veterans.
The MENTOR Network is a national network of local human services providers offering an array of quality, community-based services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses, and to youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges, as well as their families.