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Big Heart Group Homes in Tampa, FL: APD-Licensed Care Provider

Are you searching for a reputable group home in Tampa, Florida, designed for individuals with special needs? Look no further than Big Heart Group Homes, your trusted choice. We are proud to be an APD (Agency For Persons With Disabilities)-licensed group home, holding the endorsement and recognition of both the state of Florida and APD. …

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Halloween Party for people with developmental disabilities

Halloween Party

Big Heart Group Home‘s 1st Halloween Party was a tremendous success! Big Heart Group Homes for people with developmental disabilities hosted its 1st Halloween party for people with disabilities. The people that attended were dressed up in beautiful colorful costumes and everyone had a blast! The Party was awesome, the DJ and his great music …

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(a) The use of video cameras for the purposes of visually monitoring residents is permitted when necessary to assist in the behavioral or medical monitoring, diagnosis, intervention or treatment of residents who require ongoing and continuous supervision due to intensive medical and/or behavioral programmatic issues or if the licensee intends to use the monitoring as …



Residential Habilitation. Supervision and specific training activities that assist the consumer to acquire, maintain or improve skills related to activities of daily living. The service focuses on personal hygiene skills such as bathing and oral hygiene; homemaking skills such as food preparation, vacuuming and laundry; and on social and adaptive skills that enable the consumer …



(44) “Training” means a planned approach to assisting a client to attain or maintain his or her maximum potential and includes services ranging from sensory stimulation to instruction in skills for independent living and employment.

Supported living

(43) “Supported living” means a category of individually determined services designed and coordinated in such a manner as to provide assistance to adult clients who require ongoing supports to live as independently as possible in their own homes, to be integrated into the community, and to participate in community life to the fullest extent possible.

Supported employment

(42) “Supported employment” means employment located or provided in an integrated work setting, with earnings paid on a commensurate wage basis, and for which continued support is needed for job maintenance.

Support coordinator

(41) “Support coordinator” means a person who is designated by the agency to assist individuals and families in identifying their capacities, needs, and resources, as well as finding and gaining access to necessary supports and services; coordinating the delivery of supports and services; advocating on behalf of the individual and family; maintaining relevant records; and monitoring …

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Empower Lives: Spina Bifida Support At Big Heart Homes, Tampa

In the context of Spina Bifida, Big Heart Group Homes in Tampa plays a significant role in providing essential care and support for individuals with disabilities. These homes are dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by conditions like Spina Bifida, offering a nurturing environment that promotes independence and inclusivity. Introduction: “Welcome to Big …

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Specialized therapies

(39) “Specialized therapies” means those treatments or activities prescribed by and provided by an appropriately trained, licensed, or certified professional or staff person and may include, but are not limited to, physical therapy, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, behavior therapy, physical management services, and related specialized equipment and supplies.

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(38) “Self-determination” means an individual’s freedom to exercise the same rights as all other citizens, authority to exercise control over funds needed for one’s own support, including prioritizing these funds when necessary, responsibility for the wise use of public funds, and self-advocacy to speak and advocate for oneself in order to gain independence and ensure that …

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(37) “Seclusion” means the involuntary isolation of a person in a room or area from which the person is prevented from leaving. The prevention may be by physical barrier or by a staff member who is acting in a manner, or who is physically situated, so as to prevent the person from leaving the room or …

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(36) “Restraint” means a physical device, method, or drug used to control dangerous behavior. (a) A physical restraint is any manual method or physical or mechanical device, material, or equipment attached or adjacent to an individual’s body so that he or she cannot easily remove the restraint and which restricts freedom of movement or normal access to …

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Respite service

(35) “Respite service” means appropriate, short-term, temporary care that is provided to a person who has a developmental disability in order to meet the planned or emergency needs of the person or the family or other direct service provider.

Residential habilitation center

(34) “Residential habilitation center” means a community residential facility licensed under this chapter which provides habilitation services. The capacity of such a facility may not be fewer than nine residents. After October 1, 1989, new residential habilitation centers may not be licensed and the licensed capacity for any existing residential habilitation center may not be increased.

Residential habilitation

(33) “Residential habilitation” means supervision and training with the acquisition, retention, or improvement in skills related to activities of daily living, such as personal hygiene skills, homemaking skills, and the social and adaptive skills necessary to enable the individual to reside in the community.


(31) “Resident” means a person who has a developmental disability and resides at a residential facility, whether or not such person is a client of the agency.

Prader-Willi syndrome

(29) “Prader-Willi syndrome” means an inherited condition typified by neonatal hypotonia with failure to thrive, hyperphagia or an excessive drive to eat which leads to obesity usually at 18 to 36 months of age, mild to moderate intellectual disability, hypogonadism, short stature, mild facial dysmorphism, and a characteristic neurobehavior.

Phelan-McDermid syndrome

(28) “Phelan-McDermid syndrome” means a disorder caused by the loss of the terminal segment of the long arm of chromosome 22, which occurs near the end of the chromosome at a location designated q13.3, typically leading to developmental delay, intellectual disability, dolicocephaly, hypotonia, or absent or delayed speech.

Personal care services

(27) “Personal care services” means individual assistance with or supervision of essential activities of daily living for self-care, including ambulation, bathing, dressing, eating, grooming, and toileting, and other similar services that are incidental to the care furnished and essential to the health, safety, and welfare of the client if no one else is available to perform …

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Medical/dental services

(26) “Medical/dental services” means medically necessary services that are provided or ordered for a client by a person licensed under chapter 458, chapter 459, or chapter 466. Such services may include, but are not limited to, prescription drugs, specialized therapies, nursing supervision, hospitalization, dietary services, prosthetic devices, surgery, specialized equipment and supplies, adaptive equipment, and other …

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Intellectual disability

(24) “Intellectual disability” means significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior which manifests before the age of 18 and can reasonably be expected to continue indefinitely. For the purposes of this definition, the term: (a) “Adaptive behavior” means the effectiveness or degree with which an individual meets the standards of personal independence …

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High risk child

(23) “High-risk child” means, for the purposes of this chapter, a child from 3 to 5 years of age with one or more of the following characteristics: (a) A developmental delay in cognition, language, or physical development. (b) A child surviving a catastrophic infectious or traumatic illness known to be associated with developmental delay, when funds are specifically …

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Group home facility

(19) “Group home facility” means a residential facility licensed under this chapter which provides a family living environment including supervision and care necessary to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of its residents. The capacity of such a facility shall be at least 4 but not more than 15 residents.

Foster care facility

(18) “Foster care facility” means a residential facility licensed under this chapter which provides a family living environment including supervision and care necessary to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of its residents. The capacity of such a facility may not be more than three residents.

Express and informed consent

(16) “Express and informed consent” means consent voluntarily given in writing with sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the subject matter to enable the person giving consent to make a knowing decision without any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, or other form of constraint or coercion.


(14) “Domicile” means the place where a client legally resides and which is his or her permanent home. Domicile may be established as provided in s. 222.17. Domicile may not be established in Florida by a minor who has no parent domiciled in Florida, or by a minor who has no legal guardian domiciled in Florida, …

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Direct service provider

(13) “Direct service provider” means a person 18 years of age or older who has direct face-to-face contact with a client while providing services to the client or has access to a client’s living areas or to a client’s funds or personal property.

Developmental disability

(12) “Developmental disability” means a disorder or syndrome that is attributable to intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, Down syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, or Prader-Willi syndrome; that manifests before the age of 18; and that constitutes a substantial handicap that can reasonably be expected to continue indefinitely.

Client advocate

(8) “Client advocate” means a friend or relative of the client, or of the client’s immediate family, who advocates for the best interests of the client in any proceedings under this chapter in which the client or his or her family has the right or duty to participate.

Cerebral palsy

(6) “Cerebral palsy” means a group of disabling symptoms of extended duration which results from damage to the developing brain that may occur before, during, or after birth and that results in the loss or impairment of control over voluntary muscles. For the purposes of this definition, cerebral palsy does not include those symptoms or impairments …

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(5) “Autism” means a pervasive, neurologically based developmental disability of extended duration which causes severe learning, communication, and behavior disorders with age of onset during infancy or childhood. Individuals with autism exhibit impairment in reciprocal social interaction, impairment in verbal and nonverbal communication and imaginative ability, and a markedly restricted repertoire of activities and interests.

Allocation methodology

(4) “Allocation methodology” is the process used to determine a client’s iBudget by summing the amount generated by the algorithm, and, if applicable, any funding authorized by the agency for the client pursuant to s. 393.0662(1)(b).


(3) “Algorithm” means the mathematical formula used by the agency to calculate budget amounts for clients which uses variables that have statistically validated relationships to clients’ needs for services provided by the home and community-based services Medicaid waiver program.

Adult day training

(1) “Adult day training” means training services that take place in a nonresidential setting, separate from the home or facility in which the client resides, and are intended to support the participation of clients in daily, meaningful, and valued routines of the community. Such training may be provided in work-like settings that do not meet the …

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