The mission of Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind is to provide for the lifetime needs of individuals with multiple-disabilities and blindness. TLC believes in the value of each individual and promotes the philosophy that each participant can be assisted to achieve his or her full potential.
TLC's twelve community homes provide comfortable, friendly and family environments with staff supervision. It is perfect for men and women over the age of 21 who have visual impairments and multiple disabilities and who would like to live with others while receiving ongoing support in many areas of daily living.
Homes are immaculately maintained and range from 6 to 12 residents, with most having one roommate each. Living arrangements are determined by many factors such as an individual's level of social activity, independent living capabilities and home capacity. Our residential community homes, supervised by a live-in care provider, and staffed around the clock 24/7, are designed to be long-term living arrangements.
TLC CAP is for individuals who want to explore their creative side. TLC CAP works with individuals to enhance their artistry with the goal of sharing it with the community at large whether that be through a theater performance, displays in our art gallery, selling their pottery on their own website, or creating their own foodstuffs to sell at the farmers market.
Participants in the TLC CAP program will be able to explore various art forms over a six-month semester. If individuals find that they want to explore the art form further, they will be able to take a more advanced technique class after mastering the entry level.
Named for philanthropist Peggy Carr, the aquatic center has been a large part of TLC services since the early days of the 80s when it was an open-air pool. In 2004, the Carr Center was remodeled and enclosed so that hundreds more (including infants, children and their families) could enjoy the therapeutic benefits of hydrotherapy, or water healing.
We know that hydrotherapy is a recognized benefit for enhanced physical and mental development. With as little as 20-30 minutes in the water every day, one increases muscle tone and improved agility.
Our residential program is built using the structure of intermediate care facilities, and this includes nursing services at varying levels, depending on our residents' needs. We have a stellar staff of professional RNs, LVNs, CNAs and they do a wonderful job keeping us healthy at TLC.
An ICF living arrangement is a health facility that calls for 24-hour personal care and supportive health services. One of our 12 homes is classified as ICF-DDN, which adds nursing supervision for people with developmental disability with intermittent recurring needs for skilled nursing care.
Ronnie Willett, President
Hal Lampert, Vice President
Certified Public Accountant
Lampert and Eskridge
April Meadow, Secretary
Director of Human Resources (retired)
City of Beverly Hills
Zane Alsabery, Treasurer
President, Alchemy Communications
Adrienne Crane-Ross, Director
Dennis Fredrickson, Director
David Grunwald, Director
Nick Nagatani, Director
Maurice T. Zagha, M.D., Director
Day Programs Director
Associate Residential Director
Associate Residential Development Director
Associate Residential Director of Training
John Goff, Jr., MD
Geoff Farrer, Sr.
TLC was founded in 1975 by a group of parents whose children faced the prospect of a lifetime in large, isolating and often uncaring institutions. By personally signing the note on a converted nursing facility in Pasadena, they opened California's first residence specially for adults with multiple disabilities and blindness who cannot live independently.
Over the years, TLC expanded to a residential program of twelve homes for over 80 residents throughout the San Fernando Valley. Services were added to address emerging needs, such as additional Day Programs, Children's and Adult's After School Programs, Early Intervention and Inclusive Preschool Programs. Consultants and employees include professionals in the fields of physical therapy, speech and language therapy, orientation and mobility therapy, occupational therapy, child development and nursing services for the intermediate care facilities that comprise our 12 homes. Community outreach services include vision screenings, crisis intervention and consultation, and family support groups.
Referrals to TLC's programs are made by regional center case managers, teachers, social service agencies, family members and any other concerned individual who has received consent to refer. We encourage family members to visit TLC in advance of the need for services. If TLC is not the right fit, our professional staff is ready to refer you to resources to find the one that is.
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