Developmentally Disabled Adult Care

In California, there are distinct types of care facilities that serve the needs of Developmentally Disabled Adults. These different facilities depend on the type of care required by the disabled adult, and are classified as follows:

Intermediate Care Facility / Developmentally Disabled

"Intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled" is a facility with a capacity of 4 to 15 beds that provides 24-hour personal care, developmental services, and nursing supervision for developmentally disabled persons who have intermittent recurring needs for skilled nursing care but have been certified by a physician and surgeon as not requiring continuous skilled nursing care.

These types of facilities serve medically fragile persons (dependent adults) who have developmental disabilities or demonstrate significant developmental delay that may lead to a developmental disability if not treated. Typically, these types of facilities are housed in a nursing home or other type of skilled nursing facility with elder patients.

Intermediate Care Facility / Developmentally Disabled - Habilitative

"Intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-habilitative" is a facility with a capacity of 4 to 15 beds that provides 24-hour personal care. It also serves to help disabled people to learn, keep, or improve skills for daily living, as well as provide supportive health services. These people have intermittent recurring needs for nursing services, but have been certified by a physician and surgeon as not needing continuous skilled nursing care.

Intermediate Care Facility / Developmentally Disabled - Nursing

"Intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-nursing" is a facility with a capacity of 4 to 15 beds, providing 24-hour care to individuals with disabilities including intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. It also provides personal care, nursing supervision, and developmental services. These people have intermittent, but recurring needs for skilled nursing care, and must be certified by a doctor and surgeon as not needing continuous skilled nursing care. This type of facility also serves medically fragile people who have developmental disabilities or who demonstrate a developmental delay that could lead to a developmental disability if left on their own.

Developmentally Disabled - Continuous Nursing Care

"The Developmentally disabled-continuous nursing care" program provides 24-hour continuous nursing care for 4-8 medically fragile developmentally disabled people in a residential setting.