Progressive Directions Inc

Adult Services

Day Habilitation Programs

PDI Adult CarePDI operates day facilities in the Middle Tennessee area. Individuals outcome measures are the criteria used to develop their individualized program for services. The Adult Day Habilitation Programs provide services to adults age 22 and older with a diagnosis of intellectual disabilities. Services include assessments, developmental and vocational training, behavior management, transportation, follow-along, community service employment contracts and federal contracts at Ft. Campbell.

Respite Services

“Respite” refers to short term, temporary care provided to people with disabilities in order that their families can take a break from the daily routine of caregiving. Unlike child care, respite services may sometimes involve overnight care for an extended period of time.

One of the important purposes of respite is to give family members time and temporarily relieve the stress they may experience while providing extra care for a son or daughter with mental retardation or other disability. This, in turn, can help prevent abuse and neglect, and support family unity (US/GAO, September 1990). Respite care enables families to take vacations, or just a few hours of time off. Respite is often referred to as a gift of time.

PDI Provides Respite Services: PDI provides/secures respite services for Center identified individuals who are eligible through DIDD, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Respite, In-Home includes services provided in a person’s home to relieve other family members or primary care providers of their responsibilities for providing care on a temporary basis for a short period of time.
Respite, Out-of-Home is designed to provide care to and supervision of individuals outside of their usual residence. The MR Respite promotes contracting out of the home respite services to qualified providers. The provision of service delivery is based on appropriated funds, availability of bed space and the ability of the contracted provider to meet the needs of the identified respite recipient.

In the fall of 2006, PDI completed the construction of a respite house on the lot of the main office on Paradise Hill Road. The new three-bedroom house is fully handicapped accessible, including the bathrooms. This is the only true respite house in Montgomery County, as well as the surrounding counties. The house continues to enable PDI to take provider services to a new level. Every week, we receive calls from families who desperately need a break from the daily challenges of caring for a disabled family member. This facility affords them that opportunity. Wakeman House is named for Bonnie Wakeman. Bonnie retired in 2006 from PDI after over 25 years of loyal service to our organization and the individuals we serve.

Respite care is temporary, short-term placement of an individual in a setting other than the individual’s home environment. Respite provides care givers an opportunity for vacation, stress reduction, and support during emergencies. It also provides the individual time away from home when necessary. The respite setting is in a DePaul-approved home. Respite can be used by families or individuals in the community who meet eligibility criteria.

Supported Living Programs

PDI also provides residential support services throughout Middle Tennessee. While our primary staffing model is a 24 Hour Shift Staff pattern, we have homes that are staffed with Live-In Companions as well as Family Based model homes. The staffing pattern is determined by the individual’s specific needs and the considerations of the Circle of Support (those closest to the individual served make up the Circle of Support).

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Daily living skills training
  • Socialization skills
  • Self-help skills
  • Community integration skills and residential care services provided from 24-hour care to limited care as appropriate and required

Who do we Serve?

  • Adult Services – Adults age 22 or older
  • Adults with a diagnosis of mental retardation as defined by the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with an IQ less than 69
  • Approval by Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation

Special Needs that Qualify an Adult:

  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain Trauma

What Services are Offered?

  • Assessments
  • Developmental and Vocational Training
  • Case Management
  • Behavior Management
  • Transportation
  • Follow Along and Supported Employment
  • Community Service Employment Contracts at Fort Campbell (NISH)
  • Employment opportunities through in-house contracts
  • Personal Assistant Services