Our Services

We have compassionately cared for adults and children with developmental disabilities for almost 100 years.

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Hammer has adapted to change and changed with the times, always focused on meeting the needs of the people we serve. With support from staff, volunteers, donors, and families, the people who live in our homes and apartments are given the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest. We’re looking forward to meeting you soon.

Homes & Apartments

Our homes and apartments are adapted as needed to meet the range of age and abilities with 24-hour staffing, state-of-the-art keyless entries, safety, security, private rooms, ample living space and on-staff nursing staff.

Support Services

We continue to be a successful leader in the disability services industry. Our person-centered approach highlights each individual’s needs and what is important to them. We work daily to give voice and meaning to each person’s daily life.

Case Management & Care Coordination

Hammer provides both Case Management and Care Coordination services. We contract with Hennepin County to provide Case Management services for many programs, and we work with Medica on Care Coordination services. 

Hammer Travel

Hammer Travel offers a variety of travel opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Travel provides unique and enjoyable experiences for everyone, and it is our goal to meet the needs of each of our travelers to make your dreams come true!

Homes & Apartments

We have over 46 Hammer homes and apartment programs, with staff serving over 270 adults throughout the western suburbs of the Twin Cities.

Our homes and apartments are adapted as needed to meet the range of age and abilities with 24-hour staffing, state-of-the-art keyless entries, safety, security, private rooms, ample living space and on-staff nursing. When you place your loved one in our care, we ensure a positive, safe environment with well-educated, experienced, and certified professionals. 

About Our Homes

Hammer has 35 homes with staff and serves around 158 adults throughout the western suburbs of the Twin Cities. Our focus on broadening our offerings comes from our strong commitment of offering the people we serve a choice in how they live and are supported.

We provide an array of support services on a daily basis in our homes, and continue to search for new ways to deliver our person-centered care. Living life to the fullest means something different to each person we serve. Many of our individuals enjoy spending time with friends and having the support and ability to pursue their varying interests. In our homes and apartments, there are opportunities to participate in a variety of activities like going out to dinner, to plays, shopping, and attending both local community events and Hammer sponsored events.

About Our Apartments

Hammer has 9 apartment programs throughout Hennepin County, that offer supported, but more independent living, adapting as needed to meet a wide range of ages and abilities. Most people living in our apartments work during the day and return home to spend time with their Hammer family of friends and staff.

Each apartment building accommodates 10-12 people, many of whom do their own cooking and cleaning with the support of our 24-hour staff team. Staff members help with social schedules, appointments, medications, and daily activities, including grocery shopping and other shared duties.

Our apartment buildings have a community apartment with a living room, kitchen, and dining area for cooking, eating, playing games, and watching TV. It also serves as an office and sleeping room for our employees. Individuals living in the apartments have access to other amenities within the complex, such as the community room, a pool, and an exercise room.

Support Services

We continue to be a successful leader in the disability services industry. Our person-centered approach highlights each individual’s needs and what is important to them. We work daily to give voice and meaning to each person’s daily life.

Independence and fulfillment are at the core of our mission, by providing the support needed for people with disabilities to live meaningful, self-directed lives.

Onsite Nursing Staff

Hammer’s in-house team of registered and licensed practical nurses is dedicated to maintaining the best possible health care and safety standards for the people we serve. Our nurses administer solutions and provide support to Hammer staff, ensuring that health and safety standards are upheld. Our nurses stay current with research and best practices by regularly attending seminars and conferences. They are also members of the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association, a professional organization for nurses serving individuals with developmental disabilities.

For more information on our nursing services, please contact Jenna Neal directly at 952-277-2464 or email Jenna.Neal@Hammer.org

Health Care Support Services Team

Our health services team supports the people we serve on an individual level. Hammer has a Health Care team consisting of four Nurses, a Nutritionist, a Program Coordinator, and a Director of Nursing. This care team provides Health Care Services with access to a nurse on call 24/7.

Health care plans created for each individual are annually reviewed and updated:

  • Medication administration monitored electronically
  • Regular assessment of health conditions
  • Recommendations for occupational, physical, and speech therapies as needed
  • Consultation with other healthcare professionals
  • Consultation with family members, guardians, social workers, and outside agencies

Our level of care is unsurpassed in the field of direct care, contributing significantly to Hammer’s reputation as an industry leader.

Case Management & Care Coordination

Hammer provides both Case Management and Care Coordination services. We contract with Hennepin County to provide Case Management services for many programs, and we work with Medica on Care Coordination services. 

Hennepin Contracted Case Management

Hammer has been providing Case Management services since 2007. We contract with Hennepin County to provide Case Management services for the following programs:

  • CADI Waiver – Community Access for Disability Inclusion
  • BI Waiver – Brain Injury
  • DD Waiver – Developmental Disabilities
    • Including those utilizing CDCS – Consumer Directed Community Supports
  • NonWaiver DD
    • Rule 185 County-funded Case Management
    • VA/DD – Vulnerable Adult/Developmental Disability Targeted Case Management

Our Case Managers work with clients of all ages and with a wide range of support needs. Our clients may live throughout Minnesota as long as Hennepin is the County of Financial Responsibility for their funding. The clients we support may live independently, with their family, or in residential settings and we work to support them in accessing the available services that best support their needs.

Our Case Managers provide support in various ways, including the following:

  • Assist with accessing County assessments
  • Annual service planning and ongoing monitoring
  • Referrals to necessary support services
  • Service coordination and advocacy with providers
  • Provide resources to community supports
Medica Care Coordination

Hammer has been providing Care Coordination services since 2012. We contract with Medica to support members on Medica’s SNBC (Special Needs Basic Care) and SNBC Enhanced Plans, which are Managed Care plans for individuals enrolled in Medicaid.

Our Care Coordinators work with members ages 18 – 64 years old with various disabilities. Our members live throughout Minnesota within Medica’s designated service area, which includes 14 counties as of 2020. The members we support may live independently, receive outside support services, or live in residential settings.

Our Care Coordinators provide support in various ways, including the following:

  • Offer a Health Risk Assessment annually to review health needs, recent appointments, equipment, providers, and other supports
  • Create a Care Plan to focus on the areas they want to work on or accomplish a goal
  • Assist in understanding members’ plan coverage
  • Support obtaining medications and equipment
  • Communicating with healthcare and service providers
  • Coordinate transitions from a hospitalization or nursing home stay

Hammer Travel

Since opening its doors in 1923, our passion for providing quality services for adults with intellectual disabilities has helped thousands experience life to its fullest. Almost 100 years later, our mission remains true to our founder, Alvina Hammer’s vision: We are a community of people who respect an individual’s abilities, help them reach for opportunities, and realize dreams.

Looking for ways to get involved instead?

Your financial support is vital to continue the care for individuals that we serve and positively impact their life. We also have a variety of volunteer opportunities to fit your lifestyle.