Where everyone has a different story. And a place to belong.

At Daymark Living, we understand that no two people are exactly the same. That’s why we welcome a wide variety of adults with intellectual delays and learning differences. Here are example resident profiles to illustrate just some of the individuals who might find a home with us.

Claire is a non-verbal 27-year-old with autism. She can take care of her physical needs, but requires daily reminders about hygiene. Claire loves animals and has expressed an interest in working with them. She has plateaued in her development at home, and her parents feel like she is capable of so much more. At Daymark Living, Claire would have a resident coach to help her stick to a schedule and remind her about hygiene. Her resident coach would also encourage her to pursue her love for animals and explore how that could become a paying job. Claire could attend personal development classes where she would develop goals for growth.

Jacob is a 40-year-old with autism. He can take care of his physical needs independently, but requires guidance with navigating social situations. He hopes to find a job in the technology industry, but lacks the personal skills he needs to interview well. Daymark Living would provide Jacob with classes to help him build his resume and teach him how to be successful in an interview.

Camille is a 32-year-old with IDD. She functions on a 3rd grade reading level, but is socially and emotionally on track. She lives at home with her mother and grandmother. She works in a grocery store, but wants to find a more meaningful line of work. Camille is very social and wants a group of friends to live and go out with. Her long-term goal is to live on her own, with a plan of living at Daymark Living for four years to increase her independence before moving into an apartment. Daymark Living would provide her with a peer group, as well as classes to help her explore her interests and employment options.
Aaron is a 21-year-old with Down syndrome. He works four days a week and is very social and hardworking. He splits time between his mother’s and father’s houses and has friends nearby, but he still depends on his parents to get him to and from work. Aaron likes to exercise and wants more activities to do during his downtime on weekends. Daymark Living would provide scheduled transportation to and from a public transportation hub in Dallas or Fort Worth each day for work, and Aaron could also participate in the fitness classes and planned social activities each weekend.

Brian is a 47-year-old with Down syndrome. He volunteered at the local thrift store until recently, when he moved in with his older brother’s family after the death of their parents. Now that he isn’t working, he feels lonely during the day and doesn’t like to exercise. His brother wants him to find a nurturing environment where he will be encouraged to grow and develop. Daymark Living would provide this, helping him to exercise daily as part of his Individual Personal Plan (IPP), explore vocational skills and be surrounded by a group of friends with similar interests.

Scott is an 18-year-old with a traumatic brain injury. He has finished his rehab therapy and is graduating from high school this year. His family is looking for a safe environment where he can make the transition to life after high school and continue to be stimulated. He has significant short-term memory loss, so he can’t ride public transportation. Scott is completely independent in his daily living skills, but needs reminders about time and sequence of days. Daymark Living would provide Scott with a predictable schedule, classes to help continue his cognitive growth and, for a small additional cost, individualized transportation to and from work.

Sarah is a 25-year-old with a chromasomal abnormality. She lives at home but really wants to be independent. Sarah works each afternoon at an after-school program and takes public transportation to and from work. She has difficulty swallowing but can take care of her daily living skills with occasional reminders to spend a little more time brushing her teeth and hair. Daymark Living would provide an environment to help Sarah focus on independence so that someday she can achieve her goal of living on her own.

Suzanne is a 36-year-old with an undiagnosed developmental disorder. Her parents recently passed away, and she has recently moved in with her sister and her family in a new town. Her sister loves her and takes wonderful care of her, but she realizes that living at home for 36 years has not allowed Suzanne to explore her interests and increase her independence. She wants Suzanne to spread her wings and continue to grow. At Daymark Living, she would have the opportunity to try new activities, explore job opportunities and have a social life outside of her family.

Amy is a 53-year-old with Turner’s syndrome. She has lived in her own apartment for 10 years, but is very social and is seeking friendship. She has worked at the post office for eight years, but wants to work in a hospital or doctor’s office. She can cook and take care of her adaptive skills, but she wants to live around other people and not feel isolated. Daymark Living would provide her with the social environment she desires and the classes she needs to improve her interview skills and find a more rewarding job.

Patrick is a 60-year-old with Asperger’s. He has worked in a pharmacy distribution center for 20 years and loves his job. He lives in an apartment on his own, but as he ages, he would like to live in a community where he can be around peers and have someone to help oversee his medications. Daymark Living would provide a more social environment, as well as a nursing staff to distribute medication and deal with any minor medical issues.