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Supported Independent Living
What is Supported Independent Living?
Thousands of adults are able to work and live independently despite mild-moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities. For these individuals, a supportive living environment offers the right combination of structure and support they need to successfully thrive in the community.
Supported Independent Living residences offer adults with disabilities to live in their own homes or apartments. Residents generally have basic self-help skills and may be employed (generally part-time). Residents may have aides (generally part-time) that assist them in meeting their personal needs, such as job coaching, assistance with meal planning/shopping.
Alternatively, a supervised living group home is a mental health facility that provides 24-hour residential services to individuals in a home environment. The primary purpose of these services is the care, habilitation or rehabilitation of individuals who have a mental illness, developmental disability or substance abuse disorder.
Creating a Path to Supported Independent Living
The transition to supported independent living is full of excitement and unknowns for future residents and their families. The Serving Cup’s Education Handbook is a guide to help families prepare and understand when the timing is right to begin supported independent living.
To receive the Handbook, please be in touch via our Contact Form.
Basic Self-Help Skills
This independent living skills assessment* checklist may also be helpful for families potentially interested in exploring supported independent living. While this exact checklist is not specifically used by The Serving Cup’s residences nor will any assessment fully guarantee success in the program, it does provide a useful framework to assess one’s level of preparedness for living in an environment with limited supervision.
The assessment evaluates the prospective adult’s aptitude in the following areas:
Money Management, Food Management, Personal Appearance, Health, Housekeeping, Transportation, Emergency & Safety Skills, Knowledge of Community Resources, Interpersonal Skills, Legal Issues.
*Source: The Independent Living Skills Checklist – courtesy of Clearbrook. Visit their site here.