Residential Homes

Services and Care for Developmentally Disabled Children and Adults

“Irene Wortham Center provides a happy, healthy and safe home for loved ones.”

Steven Hageman, Parent of Ross Hageman,
Rose St. Home Resident

Irene Wortham Center has three homes that are licensed as Intermediate Care Facilities for persons with intellectual and co-existing developmental disorders. Our 24 residents — ages early adolescence to senior — receive comprehensive, around-the-clock individualized care from expertly trained staff who encourage and empower them to live wonderful lives every day.

All IWC Consumers in Residential Services Receive:

  • Specialized Therapies. All therapy is designed to increase a consumer’s independence and choices in life.
  • Excellent Staff/Resident Ratio. Staff encourages each person to participate in as many typical daily activities as possible, such as planning their daily schedule, daily hygiene routines, helping with meal preparation, and laundry.
  • Education. Participation in the Buncombe County School System’s Progressive Education Program for ages 6-18 and the IWC Adult Day Activity Program for adults, which includes instruction by staff of Asheville Buncombe Community College Foundations Program who are specially trained in teaching individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Medical Care
  • Recreational and Leisure Activities
  • Community Inclusion

Irene Wortham Center Accredited Intermediate Care Homes include:

  • Rose St. Home: Ranging in age from childhood to mid-twenties, these residents are the most medically fragile and receive a level of care that reflects this.
  • Dogwood Home: Ranging in age from late twenties to older adults, these residents have moderate to profound developmental challenges.
  • Azalea Home: Teens and young adults live at Azalea House, so this house has a lot of teen energy!

At Irene Wortham Center, we believe in the power of family and its positive effects on helping individuals achieve their full potential. That’s why family members, friends and guardians are encouraged and welcomed to visit their loved ones any time.