Adult Services - Age 22+

Day and Residential Adult Services adhere to the Positive Behavior Supports principles and aim to create independent, fulfilled, and community-minded individuals living their best lives.  

“The sense of confidence and level of independence Sophie gained from enrolling in Cushing’s Adult Services programs was nothing short of a miracle.”

- Jody N., a Cushing parent.

South Shore Industries (SSI)

Meaningful Employment and Community Engagement

South Shore Industries (SSI) is a Day Program, supported by DDS, that helps adults with disabilities become active members of their community while experiencing the training, skills, and opportunities they need to find competitive and integrated employment - with plans tailored to each individual’s preferences, skills and needs.

Program Type - Vocational

Locations - Hanover and Braintree, MA

Program Hours - Vary

Job seekers receive the support to:

  • Explore employment settings; enhance employment skills; participate in volunteer programs and community-based work crews.
  • Obtain employment-related training in areas such as resume writing, interviewing skills, appropriate social boundaries, and community safety.
  • Gain the confidence and tools to succeed in the workplace, a vital part of living a full, meaningful and independent life as an active community member.
Tom Beedle

For More Information About SSI Hanover

Patrick Pierre

For More Information About SSI Braintree

Life Opportunities Unlimited (LOU)

Meaningful and Healthy Lives

Supported by MassHealth, and designed to provide specialized therapeutic services to increase independent living and good health in participating individuals. This innovative and goal-oriented Day Habilitation Program is led by trained and caring staff, with input from nurses and physical, occupational, speech, and behavioral therapists.

Program Type - Day/Work Activity

Locations - Hanover and Braintree, MA

Program Hours - Participants will be assessed for their unique skills and learning styles to develop an individualized schedule of activities from 8:30 – 2:30 Monday – Friday

Program Goals - Days will be focused on advocacy, independent living, communication, and social, affective, sensory-motor & behavioral development. Group activities such as artistic expression, music therapy, exercise, nutrition, and media/computer time are included in the program.

In addition to working on the development of these skills, participants are encouraged to interact and engage with the community through activities such as:

  • Volunteering at Meals on Wheels
  • Volunteering at Senior Centers
  • Gardening
  • Food shopping
  • Bowling
  • Library

Additionally, everyone is provided weekly with ongoing learning & discussion forums in the areas of basic human rights, health & safety issues, universal precautions, current events, money management, & interpersonal social skill development.


For More Information About LOU Hanover

Annette Brennan

For More Information About LOU Braintree

Residential Programs

various locations on the south shore

24-Hour Residential

Cushing’s Adult Services Residential Program, supported by DDS, includes 15 homes around the South Shore of Boston - typically with 4 to 5 residents.

These settings enable residents to enhance their functional and social skills, take responsibility for daily chores, and develop positive relationships with neighbors and friends - all with 24-hour support from experienced and caring staff.

Adult Residential Programs also encourage person-specific interests and provides transportation and support for any number of outings, including

  • Day programs
  • Libraries
  • Health clubs
  • Salons
  • Grocery stores
  • Music events
  • Movies
  • And more

Residents can decorate their rooms to their tastes and invite friends and family over to visit to show off their independent lifestyle.

Adult Family Care

The AFC (Adult Family Care) Program is a MassHealth-funded program that provides medical and financial assistance to caregivers (typically family members) caring for a person in a family home setting.

The trained caregiver provides meals, personal care assistance, supports their activities in the community, and provides needed supervision.

Eligibility for AFC:

  • Is over the age of 16, and unable to live alone due to physical, emotional, or developmental disabilities.
  • Be MassHealth eligible (Standard or CommonHealth) with a physician’s written order.
  • Have a medical, physical, or cognitive condition that requires either hands-on or verbal daily assistance or supervision to complete one or more of the following activities: bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring between positions, ambulating, or eating.

Who can be an AFC Caregiver?

  • Parents, family members, friends - anyone 18 years or older, other than a spouse or legal guardian
  • Must be willing to share a home with, and be trained to provide care for, an individual with a qualifying disability
  • Must be willing to follow a “Plan of Care” that will be monitored by AFC staff
  • Must complete an application process, including an interview, CORI check, medical examination and home study.
  • Must also participate in yearly trainings, complete daily caregiver logs and participate in monthly home visits.

Shared Living

Supported by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Shared Living is when a person with disabilities lives with a non-disabled person who has accepted contractual responsibility for the well-being of the person.

It’s a person-centered model that allows people with disabilities to live in a qualified home within the community and receive care and support from a reliable, qualified person who will be consistent each day and provide continuity of care.

Cushing recruits, screens, trains, and delivers ongoing support to caregivers who meet the needs of the individual - and caregivers receive ongoing financial, behavioral, and nursing support under this model.

Through a shared living experience, Cushing has found that having one consistent care provider deepens the relationship between two people and strengthens access to the greater community.

Donna Hibbert

24-Hour Residential Information

Pat Conley, AFC Director

AFC & Shared Living Information

Get Started - Apply to be an AFC Caregiver

Not Sure Where to Start?

We can help! Call Angela Gokey, VP of Adult Services, to discuss options.