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  • Supported Living

    Supported living addresses the desires, goals, strengths, abilities, needs, health, safety, and lifespan issues of persons usually living in their own homes (apartments, townhouses, or other residential settings). Supported living services are generally long-term in nature but may change in scope, duration, intensity, or location as the needs and preferences of individuals change over time.

    Supported living refers to the support services provided to the person served, not the residence in which these services are provided. A sampling of people receiving services/supports in these sites will be visited as part of the interview process. Although the residence will generally be owned, rented, or leased by the person who lives there, the organization may occasionally rent or lease an apartment when the person served is unable to do so. Typically in this situation, the organization would co-sign or in other ways guarantee the lease or rental agreement; however, the person served would be identified as the tenant.

    Supported living programs may be referred to as supported living services, independent living, supportive living, semi-independent living, and apartment living and services/supports may include home health aide and personal care attendant services. Typically, there would not be more than two or three persons served living in a residence, no house rules or structure would be applied to the living situation by the organization, and persons served can come and go as they please. Service planning often identifies the number of hours and types of support services provided.

    The home or individual apartment of the person served, even when the organization holds the lease or rental agreement on behalf of the person served, is not included in the survey application or identified as a site on the accreditation outcome.

    Some examples of the quality results desired by the different stakeholders of these services/supports include:

    • Persons served achieving choice of housing, either rent or ownership.
    • Persons served choosing whom they will live with, if anyone.
    • Minimizing individual risks.
    • Persons served having access to the benefits of community living.
    • Persons served having autonomy and independence in making life choices.

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