Supported living, also known as supported housing or assisted living, is a type of service designed to help people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. The aim is to provide a safe and comfortable environment where individuals can maintain their autonomy and have access to the necessary support, resources, and care.
Ability and Choice Services Supported Living provides person-centered community living for people needing training, assistance and support towards living as independently as possible in their own residence. ACS supports personal choice including those of:
- type of residence chosen
- the manner which it is selected
- the selection of their roommates
ACS’s purpose in providing these supports is to empower and facilitate personal choice in promoting independence. ACS provides assistance, training, incidental teaching, informed choice, and natural consequences with support for those consequences in helping persons obtain and maintain the skills necessary to live as independently as possible.
Supported living services can vary greatly, depending on the needs of the individual, and can include:
- Personal care: Assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and eating.
- Medical support: Access to healthcare professionals for ongoing medical needs, medication management, and monitoring of health conditions.
- Emotional support: Counseling or mental health support to help individuals cope with emotional and psychological challenges.
- Social support: Opportunities to engage in social activities and develop friendships, reducing isolation and promoting a sense of community.
- Skill development: Programs designed to teach or improve essential life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and using public transportation.
- Assistive technology: Providing access to devices or technology that can help individuals with disabilities perform daily tasks more easily and independently.
- Housing: Providing safe, accessible, and affordable housing that meets the individual’s needs and preferences.
Supported living services are usually tailored to each person’s unique needs and preferences, and can be provided in various settings, such as individual apartments, shared homes, or specialized facilities. The key principle of supported living is to promote independence and improve the quality of life for individuals who may require additional support to live on their own.