Empowering Choice, Creating Opportunities

Innovative Resources for Independence

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Reach Out to IRI

For more information about IRI’s Residential options, please contact Grainne Vis, Director, Residential Services, at 718-805-6796, x. 1125, or by e-mail at gvis@in-res.org.

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Residential Services

How Do You Define Home?

“What kind of home do you envision? What do you aspire to?”

At IRI, our definition of home reflects the unique life path of each person we support. That’s why the people we support are the voice in how their “home” is created.

Meeting Diverse Needs

Residential Services recognizes the diverse needs of our IDD community. That’s why our residential options include

  • 24/7 supervised group living situations
  • Apartment living, with or without roommates, with supervision based on each person’s capabilities
  • Opportunities for home ownership
  • Other self-directed arrangements for living with family, alone, or with roommates

An Overview of Three Residential Options

  • Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA)
    • Supervised IRAs offer 24-hour staff supervision for individuals who require oversight at all times
    • Supportive IRAs provide a safe environment with a minimum of supervision each morning and evening
  • Individual Supports & Services (ISS)
    • Offers a broad range of choice in apartment living
    • The individual’s name is on the lease
    • Provides opportunities for home ownership
    • Staff supervision is based on need
  • Shared Living
    • Offers a living arrangement in which a non-disabled person shares space with an individual with developmental disabilities.
    • Ideal for those who want the peace of mind that comes from having an additional source of support in their home

Before We Talk - We Listen To You!

  • Residential Services is interested in hearing from the individuals and families who seek our services. Upon hearing what an individual envisions as “home,” we never ask, “Can it be done?” Rather, we ask, “What do we need to do for this person to succeed and realize a dream?” And then we do it!
  • How do you define “home”? “What kind of home do you envision? What do you aspire to?” At IRI, we provide a wide range of residential opportunities from 24/7 supervised settings to apartments and even home ownership.

How Do We Provide the Home You Want?

  • We understand the many, varied, unique challenges that individuals face.
  • We listen to the goals and dreams of individuals and their families.
  • Our supportive multi-disciplinary staff works as a team to provide a holistic approach to helping individuals realize their life plan.
  • Safety is considered with every decision.
  • We measure quality by the satisfaction and happiness of the individuals and families that we serve. Importantly, we excel in all state and federal standards for providing excellent service and care.
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On The Leading Edge of Technology

Proloquo 2

What is it? A fully customizable communication application that interfaces with smart phones and tablets. The app is programmed with picture/icon representations of words and common phrases that the user can string together to communicate a thought.

How does it help? This is an indispensable communication aid for non-verbal individuals

On The Leading Edge of Technology

Telehealth Services

How does it work? Individuals can have their vital signs taken right in their homes. The information is digitally recorded providing personalized biometrics that help detect medical conditions earlier based on trended data. This service also provides virtual intervention between nurses and individuals using a smart tablet.

How does it help? Medical staff is more knowledgeable about patients’ care in between visits. These services also greatly reduce hospitalizations therefore also reducing the number of disruptions for individuals in their homes.


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Pulseox Monitor

How does it work? Remotely monitors oxygen levels of individuals with respiratory issues. Allows nurse to monitor the oxygen level remotely.

How does it help? Helps to remotely monitor blood oxygen levels and send an alert to the nurse if levels are imbalanced.

On The Leading Edge of Technology

GPS Watch

How does it work? Individuals can travel safely and unsupervised. Individuals simply wear the watch that communicates to an app used by IRI staff.

How does it help? This technology prevents individuals from getting lost. Staff can also see where individuals are without having to be there in person.


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Home Sensor Technology

How does it work? A suite of interactive sensors is outfitted on kitchen appliances and above doors. If an individual, living in their own apartment, turns the stove on, then exits the kitchen, IRI will get an alert. If the individual leaves the house at an unusual time, we will also be alerted.

How does it help? This provides un-invasive oversight. Individuals can live independently with confidence. It also reduces the need for in-person staffing.

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Medication Wheel

How does it work? This simple device alerts individuals when a medication dose is due, then opens to dispense medication. If the medication is not taken or the wheel is not closed properly, IRI will be alerted.

How does it help? For those individuals living in apartments or homes, they can now take medication without staff intervention.

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Samsung Galaxy Tablets

How does it work? There are many existing applications, and new ones being developed every day that are targeted to assist disabled individuals in enhancing their abilities

How does it help? Allows us to use a variety of online applications that support the abilities of the users

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Amazon Echo

How does it work? Wirelessly controls lighting and other devices through voice commands.

How does it help? Helps individuals who are otherwise unable to manually operate devices to do so independently.

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Pressure Pads in Beds

How does it work? Allows the staff to monitor bed time routines when people are in and out of bed with a remote monitor; a notification goes to remote staff person when a person has gone to bed and if they get up during the night for an extended period of time.

How does it help? Helps ensure safety by sending staff an alert when an individual is out of bed during the night.

Activities & Events

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Innovative Resources for Independence is formerly Independence Residences, Inc.

112-40 Francis Lewis Blvd., Queens Village, NY 11429
P: 718.805.6796 :: F: 718.805.6798 :: info@in-res.org