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Residential Services  

Charles River provides housing to adults with developmental disabilities in Needham, Newton, Wellesley, Natick and other MetroWest communities.  Assistance varies from intensive staffing for some residences to intermittent assistance for individuals living in their own apartments.  Individuals are assisted with meal preparation, personal care and hygiene, and social skill development.  All are encouraged to develop friendships in their neighborhoods and to participate in community events.

Residential Living

The goal of Residential Living is to create warm, loving and safe homes for the individuals we serve. 

Charles River currently manages 28 homes and apartments, each housing four to eight individuals, in the towns of Needham, Newton, Wellesley, Natick, Sharon, and Wayland.

In these homes, individuals are encouraged to make their own decisions and choices, as well as develop friendships in their neighborhoods and participate in community events and programs.

Planning and Assistance

One of the difficult decisions facing the family of an individual with developmental disabilities concerns the issue of residential placement.  Charles River staff members help families:

  • Assess support needs
  • Advise families on funding support and housing subsidies
  • Guide families through the social and emotional transitions

The Residences

Each home managed by Charles River is safe and well maintained. Each home offers a variety of supports and supports tailored to meet the unique needs of each person served and is staffed by a program directors, supervisor and direct-care staff.  Staff members assist individuals with:

  • Meal preparation and nutrition
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Personal care and hygiene
  • Social skill development
  • Benefit processing
  • Healthcare coordination and medication management

Staff members are certified in First Aid/CPR, Medication Administration, fire safety, human rights, and self-determination.   The ratio of direct-care staff members to individuals is 1:2 or 1:4 in more independent homes.

Residents are encouraged to explore personal interests and hobbies, establish community relationships and are supported in their ongoing relationships with family members.

For more information on Residential Services contact Eric Scharf, Senior Vice President, at 781-972-1010 or