Consumer and Family Information
How often can my child’s family members
Oakwood encourages visits from family
and friends and has an open-door policy.
Each client’s guardian will submit a
list of the names of the individuals who
have permission to visit him/her.
Those on the list can visit at anytime
during the day or night and as often as
If my child is ill or has an accident,
when will I be notified?
You will be notified immediately
following a medical assessment by the
doctor or nurse.
What medical services are available for
Oakwood has doctors, nurses,
and dentists on site at the facility for
exams and treatment of the clients.
If the client needs to be seen by
a specialist, appointments will be
The guardians are notified prior
to the appointment for their consent.
How are the meals
prepared for the clients?
The doctor writes a diet order for each
client based upon the information
received upon his/her entry to the
A therapy team will complete a
observation of the client within
24 hours upon entry and make
A registered dietician writes
menus for each client based upon the
diet order and
the therapy team.
The clients receive 3 meals daily
based on dietary guidelines.
The meals are prepared in the
kitchen on grounds under the direction
of a Food Service Manager.
The clients also receive a
Accommodations are made with
regard to a client’s request for their
favorite foods if possible.
Is there a support group available for
There is an organization made up
of parents and relatives.
The name of the
is: Parents and Relatives of Oakwood
The president of the
group is Berlinda Bazzell
PROOF meets quarterly, but feel
free to contact Mrs. Bazzell with
any questions you may have.
Oakwood employs a parent liaison who
will assist you with questions or
concerns (contact information: Anne
Montgomery ext. 1005).
What training is provided to the staff
who work with the clients at
Upon employment at bluegrass.org Oakwood
all staff receive initial training which
meets all state and federal regulatory
This training is on going on a
yearly basis or as needed to enhance
Additionally, all staff who work
directly with the clients receive
training which is based specifically on
the needs of each client with whom they
The training is individualized
for each client based on assessments
which are completed by professional
How long can my child live at bluegrass.org
Oakwood considers all new admissions as
short term and will strive to provide
the services needed in order that the
clients can be transferred back to a
community setting within a 6 to 12 month
How does a person apply to be
admitted to Oakwood?
A person must first be classified as
eligible for ICF/MR services.
This process begins at your local Comprehensive Care Center.
They will assist by determining
eligibility for the program and
referring the individual to the
appropriate state agency. If it is
determined that the individual is
eligible for ICF/MR services, the
information is referred to:
Carol Baker, Division of Developmental
and Intellectual Disabilities
Community Supports Branch Manager
100 Fair Oak’s Lane
Ms. Baker will review the information
presented and begin the process of
determining the least restrictive
environment in which the individual’s
needs can be met. She will do this by
reviewing information provided to her by
various sources such as the
Comprehensive Care Center, current
providers, and guardian; sending a team
of professionals to meet with the
individual and his/her guardian to
determine service needs; and interfacing
with other members of her team in
Frankfort to secure needed services that
are available to the person in the
community. Ms. Baker will use all of
this information to determine if
bluegrass.org Oakwood, another state center,
or another program could best provide
If bluegrass.org Oakwood is being
considered, our pre-admission screening
team will complete an on-site assessment
(if we have not already done so) with
the individual, his/her guardian, and/or
current community placement providers.
Our team will then make
recommendations to the Director of
bluegrass.org Oakwood, David Phelps,
regarding appropriateness of placement.
Finally, a court procedure is required
prior to admission in accordance with
A hearing must be held prior to
admission to assure bluegrass.org Oakwood is
the least restrictive environment, in
which services can be provided.
There must be an agreement between the
Division of Development and Behavioral
Services, the Director of bluegrass.org
Oakwood, and the court before an
admission can be finalized.