I am the parent of a resident at Erie Homes for Children and Adults. This agency is not just a place to live and be cared for but it is an extension of our family. Veryone at this agency treats my son and all the others with respect, dignity, and love. I can rest peacefully at night knowing my son is well cared for by a group of dedicated staff members. They bring me peace of mind on a daily basis.
There is truly something special going on at Erie Homes for Children and Adults and it has been going on for a very long time! EHCA's employees offer a level of compassionate care to their residents that is truly second to none. For the employees of EHCA, it is personal. You can see it everyday in the most subtle interactions. There is something that has been instilled and passed on since the agency's founding in 1912.
I have been in this field for a long time and I find it very rewarding. Ibelieve until you have worked with persons with disabilities you haven't really worked. I have also been employed with with many other places and hands down EHCA is the BEST place I have ever worked.I have been an employee of EHCA for 19yrs and the agency has been very good to me. I can honestly say that they treat me like a queen. It is abs
olutely an honor to work here and to serve not only our clients but the staff too.
I have been a nurse here for only a short time, but I can tell you the residents that I care for in this building are the sweetest happiest kiddos that recieve the best care possible. Our nurses are up on every single resident. The houses are so clean and every one always has the freshest blankets and clothes ever!!!. The rooms are like my childrens rooms. The residents are able to live like "normal" every day children and adults despite their setbacks or condition. I have been in nursing homes and other state run facilities and have seen residents with bed sore, in soiled depends and bells ringing forever and intentional and unintentionable neglect. But not here. My perspective is this is one of the most well cared for facilities that I have ever seen or been in, and it is a pleasure to work for them
I have been a nurse here for over 3 years. I can honestly say I love coming to work everyday to work with the residents, They put a smile on my face and I enjoy being around all of them. They receive the best of care I've ever seen . I would definently reccomend EHCA to being the best of all.
The residents here recieve excellent care and have a great quality of life! Highly recommended! The employees truly care and nothing is impossible to achieve.
My daughter has been a resident of EHCA for the last 27 years. She gets wonderful care, is loved and respected by her caregivers, and loves them all back. To say they have far exceeded my best expectations would be an understatement. When I placed her there I wasn't sure what to expect but I have never regretted that decision. She needs medical care and she gets the best care there. If and when she has to go to the hospital, my goal is to get her out of the hospital and back to EHCA as quickly as possible because they know her and take better care of her there. It is a wonderful facility and I am happy to be able to have my child cared for by them.
As a person with a Special Education degree (MA) I know what it takes to care for these type of children and adults. I taught children with similar disabilities for 30 years. So happy we have such an outstanding facility close to home.
My son, Adam, has been with EHCA since January of 2009! I moved him up here to Erie then and I eventually was able to move up here from New Castle in June of 2009. I would drive up here to check on him on the weekends and I would call everyday (sometimes quit a few times a day)! The first weekend I came up here to see him he was standing by the staff and pointing to his head (he does that when he's troubled about something or doesn't like something) and moaning and wouldn't stop. I, of course, got in panic mode and was wondering what the heck happened. He's non-verbal and he couldn't tell me so I watched his behavior and he was really troubled. I told him I would take him to dinner and he didn't want to go with me. He kept pointing to the window and the door. I didn't know what was wrong! Again I asked him if he wanted to go with me to dinner and he did say "yea" but wouldn't come with me but he grabbed the staffs arm. I said "do you want Mike to come with us?" He said "yea" again and began to calm down! I finally figured out.......the little stinker thought I came to get him and take him home with me and he was upset! Once he realized I wasn't going to take him back to New Castle and as long as the staff came with us he was fine! (Mike was his security blanket in his eyes, LOL!) I immediately realized that we found his home and I have to say.........that little stinker doesn't even want to visit me for very long in my home and when I ask him if he's ready to go home (his house) he answers "yeaaaaaa"!! I couldn't or even wouldn't think of moving him to another agency or another place. We are here to stay and EHCA is where my son belongs! The care he receives is unbelievable but what's most important is that he is happy and when he's happy, I'm happy!!! We are a part of the EHCA family and we love them very much! When I came to Erie to look at the different agencies for my son Erie Homes for Children and Adults, I must say, where the only ones who truly treated my son, Adam, like an individual and not a number. Honestly, that is how I felt! They still treat him like a member of their family! I trust them with my son and trust me, that is really something! BTW, One of their staff even watches my dog for me when I have to go away!
I work for EHCA. My Coworkers are so willing to go up and beyond for the people we serve. I love going to work every day not only to help people but because I am proud of the people I work with. It is not just a job it's family.
Andrew has been with EHCA for several years now.....the staff is always caring and they always make sure he enjoys what he is doing....and they always have such fun things for him to do....he constantly talks about his favorite staff every evening, every weekend, and even when we go on vacation.....they are part of his every day, and he loves them a lot
Our son, Brian, has been a member of the EHCA Homes FAMILY for 27 years. EHCA has been a blessing for our family. All those who care for our Brian have been warm, understanding, and professional. Everyone has met his needs and more, to the point we think he is spoiled!! And that's a good thing.
EHCA is our family too!
Catherine and Michael Vermillion
When my daughter leaves the house to go to the Options program, I feel she is int he best hands possible. I trust the staff and the supervisors to make the best decisions for her in my absence. She is accepted in her group just as she is...something every parent with a special needs child longs for. She has opportunities in the community and for recreation that I cannot provide due to having to work. In addition, she has a peer group of others who are differently abled in their own way. The staff and supervisors consult with me on situations and ask how I would like it handled, and we can talk with no judging or arguing. After all, she was my child for many years before I trusted them to care for her, and I am still mom. I appreciate how I don't have to battle them on decision making for her. ( This has been the case in the past.)I believe they really do care and that makes me happy. After all...who wouldn't want their child to be loved by as many people as possible?