There’s no doubt you’ll have questions about getting them started for their move right away, so here are some tips and tricks to make your move-in process a breeze: 

The stress of moving

Moving is the most stressful event in people’s lives according to a 2020 survey. It doesn’t get any easier when you’re trying to help your family settle into their new home. 

At Gabriel Homes, we make the transition for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities as easy as possible. Residents can make themselves at home right away and express themselves when they design their bedrooms. 

Dwight, the brother of a resident

“Our sister’s transition into her new home was seamless,” said Dwight, the brother of a Gabriel Homes resident. “As far as moving everything, it was a non-event for us because the staff and administrators were top-notch.”  

Teach Skills to Live by Yourself 

Let your family member try tackling some of the chores you’ve done for them on their own. Show them the different settings for whites and colors when doing laundry or teach them how to cook their favorite meal. If you have a family recipe, they can bring a taste of home with them wherever they go! 

Stay Up to Date on the Medicaid Waiver 

The Virginia Medicaid Wavier covers many services like Gabriel Homes for people with developmental disabilities. Remember to fill in everything and reach out to your support coordinator if you have any questions. However, you must complete the application every year to continue receiving support. 

Download and complete the Medicaid Wavier and learn more about applying at The Arc of Virginia’s website

Be Ready as a Family… 

…to let your family member be independent. They may make mistakes along the way, but they’ll be part of a community where they will learn and grow. You can help set them up for success by using supportive decision making – helping them make the smartest decisions on their own based on their preferences. 

Learn more about how to apply for Gabriel Homes by visiting our Prospective Residents page.