Stanton Home serves adults with a primary diagnosis of intellectual and/or developmental disability. The majority of the people we serve live at one of the Stanton Home residences, others join us for the Day Program at 205 North Plain Rd. People remain in the program as long as they desire to and we are able to meet their needs.
If you have a loved one or know of someone who would benefit our shared living experience, please call 413-528-0506 to speak with someone and schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.
Letter from Charlie Noyes, brother of Jim, resident of Orchard House:
My brother Jimmy has been negotiating the realities of bipolar Disorder, Asperger’s and various OCD behaviors his entire adult life.
In the early stages of his condition he managed steady employment and lived a fairly independent life. But as the years passed and living at home was no longer an option, he transitioned to a program that helped him manage both his health issues and his life – keeping a job, managing finances and maintaining social connections. My brother’s condition continued to deteriorate, and he was not getting the medical attention or life support that he truly needed. He also lived four hours away from the nearest family member, which only added to our stress and concern. His last two years in northeast Massachusetts were a roller coaster ride of long drives, sleepless nights and constant worrying about Jimmy’s next derailment or inexplicable affect. Our family wanted – we needed – Jimmy closer and in better hands, but we were at a loss for appropriate options.
Who knew that the answer to our prayers was just minutes up the road in Great Barrington, MA? After much research and lots of hand wringing, my sister and I contacted Stanton Home and arranged for a visit. The minute we walked in the door it felt right. The rambling farmstead felt just like our old childhood home. The spaces were bright and cheerful. There were photographs and personal touches everywhere. And everyone we encountered was both engagingly professional and passionately grounded in the work they were doing with all the residents we met. The feeling of wholeness and purpose was palpable. And to top it off, one of the house dogs was named Baba – our mother’s nickname. Was that not a sign?
We brought Jimmy down for a couple of visits before asking him to make the move to Stanton Home. We feared that he would resist and cling to the life and independence he knew, but he quickly agreed to make Stanton Home the next phase of his life, and the folks there have been absolutely brilliant in managing and supporting his complicated transition. It’s been almost a year now, and life continues to be challenging for Jimmy, but we rest easier knowing that he is in the care and embrace of the Stanton Home family. His days are full and intellectually stimulating. He is eating healthy and delicious food at every meal. He is treated with love and respect as he learns to live in community. His physical and mental health needs are incredibly well managed. We visit him more often (when we find a window in his busy schedule!). And when he derails, there are caring, attentive hands ready to pick him up and get him back on track. My wife notes that there seems to be a great weight lifted from my shoulders these days. Is it any wonder?