Lifehouse’s two training homes provide an educational environment for adults (over age 18) with mild or moderate developmental disabilities to develop the necessary skills required for increased independence living within a community. Each house accommodates six individuals and is licensed by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Division. Between the hours of 9am and 3pm, residents go out to day programs where educational and vocational training are provided. Staff sleep overnight at the home and are present at all times when residents are at home.
As part of the ILS program, each resident works with their team to develop an individual and comprehensive program plan for fulfilling their goal toward greater independence. The team generally consists of the individual, a staff member, the regional center counselor, the individual’s family and friends and a day program representative. Training can focus on areas including mobility, food preparation, shopping for groceries and personal needs, budgeting and banking, clothing care, medication and health needs, housekeeping and socialization. Training is done in the homes as well as in everyday settings such as banks, supermarkets, department stores, government offices, and buses.