Supported living is a service that is open to anyone over the age of 18, regardless of the severity of his or her disability or the amount of support they need. In supported living, individuals live in their own apartment or house and Lifehouse provides staff support. The amount and type of support provided is individualized according to the person’s needs. Some areas of support may include domestic skills, financial management, social skills, health and hygiene, community integration, transportation skills and vocation and personal growth. Typically individuals go out to work or to a day program during the day, which may have an educational or vocational focus, or in some cases, both.
A person may choose to live alone or with roommates. In a few situations, staff may live in as a roommate. Training is provided at the person’s residence and in everyday settings, such as banks, supermarkets, department stores and office settings.
The people we support reside in various types of living arrangements, including community integrated apartments, apartment complexes specifically for people with developmental disabilities with funding through HUD, self-owned condominiums or shared roommates.