Consumer Choice

25 Years Strong

“Without the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) program at Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL), I could have ended up in a residential facility instead of having the option to stay in my own home,” said Susie Summers, CDS consumer during a recent visit with SCIL staff.

“CDS is the best option out there. Staying at home allows freedom of choice, so I can determine what and how things are done for my care and I have the ability to come and go as I please in the community.”

Paula Green, SCIL CDS Coordinator said, “Transportation services for essential errands and medical appointments help get consumers, like Susie, out into the community and makes CDS unique compared to other home and community based services. Flexibility is the key because consumers get to choose their own attendant, and schedule their own hours.  CDS allows them more control over their lives.”

CDS provides a vital service to those with physical disabilities needing attendant care in their homes and serves hundreds of consumers across the state of Missouri through Medicaid.

Originally, Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program that began in 1986. Now 25 years later, the program remains a popular choice for many people wishing to continue their independence and comfort provided by living in their own homes.

For more information on the personal care and in-home service programs at the Southwest Center for Independent Living call 417-886-1188.

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