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Kimberly Gamble, Live-In Disability Solutions

Live-In Disability Solutions provides in-home services to individuals with intellectual disability who are residing in Allegheny County. It is one of two local companies founded and operated by Adrienne Moon, RN, to provide greatly needed home health care and other services to clients who are in need of care, support and assistance in order to continue living in their homes with as much independence and comfort as possible.

Kimberly Gamble, B.S., recently became the agency’s Director of Non-Licensed Services for clients with intellectual developmental disabilities, or IDD. With a degree in Rehabilitation Services from Penn State, and over 20 years of experience working with intellectually disabled individuals of all ages, Kim brings a wealth of expertise and heartfelt passion to her new role and is eager to promote growth – growth for the agency, growth for the clients and families, and growth for the staff. “Our primary role is to provide a voice for those who have been voiceless,” she says, “and to help them to live their best possible life.”


Q: What is the mission of Live-In Disability Solutions?
A: Our name expresses our mission: we want to help our clients be able to continue to “live in” their homes with their families for as long as possible, with the supports they need. Our range of services place a strong safety net underneath each client. The type and the level of services are very individualized and are determined by what is personally important to the client. Our job is to make it work.

Q: What types of services does Live-In Disability Solutions provide?
A: We provide three levels of services: Homemaker Services, Companion Services, and Home and Community Support Services. Homemaker services include basic home care such as housecleaning, laundry, meal preparation and general household activities to keep the home clean, safe and comfortable. Companion services are for those 18 and older who reside in a private home and need direct help or supervision. Companions help the client with personal grooming, household care, ambulation, recreation and other services to ensure their well-being and safety. In-Home and Community Support is a direct service to assist clients to gain and improve the skills needed to live in the community with more independence and to participate. The support includes guidance in home management, mobility and transportation, use of community resources and socialization.

Q: Who are the providers of these services?
A: We hire direct services professionals, also known as DSPs. We seek providers who have experience, good communication skills, and openness to learning. We provide a lot of ongoing training so that our staff members have the tools they need to succeed. This is hands-on work and the DSPs are constantly guiding, prompting and teaching. They should be good team workers because we must have shared goals and help each other. And most importantly, to me, they must be people who exhibit kindness towards others. Kindness is the quality that I most value in myself and others.

Q: Are there other unmet needs that Live-In Disability Solutions addresses?
A: Yes. There’s a tremendous need for respite services. Caregivers may need a break, or there may be a family crisis or medical situation for the family. Respite services are greatly needed. We are developing a new program called Life Sharing, which will be for clients who want to live in a family environment but not in a group home. They will live with a family in a permanent arrangement. We hope these new services will be available soon.

Q: What is the most satisfying aspect of your work?
A: I get to witness the clients growing in confidence and self-esteem, and to see them learning and gaining skills. I get to see their dreams coming true, and that is priceless. Knowing that I helped make that happen is the best reward.

Families, professionals and others who would like to make a referral or know more about Live-In Disability Solutions can visit www.liveindisabilitysolutions.org or call (412) 704-5162.

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