Supported Living

Supported Living services are designed for people who want to live in a home that CLS manages but would need ongoing support to do so. The amount and type of support varies as people have different wants and needs. Some people may need minimal (10) hours of support each week while others may need up to 30 hours. Supported Living program employees work with each person and their personal support network to learn about the things that matter to the person so that support can be tailored to meet their unique needs.  Support focuses on key areas such as:

  • Learning how to cook;
  • Learning how to grocery shop;
  • Learning how to maintain a clean home;
  • Making the home safe and planning for and practicing handling emergencies;
  • Assistance with budgeting;
  • Finding a volunteer position;
  • Attending medical appointments;
  • Finding resources for emotional support;
  • Making decisions;
  • Developing and maintaining friendships and

As the person lives in their own home, our focus is also on helping to establish good practices so that they are safe and healthy in their home and community when CLS employees and personal support network members are not present.

Service hours are typically scheduled during the day on weekdays. If needed, support can be provided on the weekend or in the evening. Hours are scheduled to match an individual’s needs and other activities.

Independent Living

Independent Living is a service option that provides support to people living independently in the community and requires minimal assistance (up to 10 hours a week) in daily living. This service is available to people who own, lease, or rent their own homes. The Independent Living program provides targeted support through one-on-one sessions which can be in person or virtual.

The Independent Living Program focuses on providing just the right amount of assistance for a person to optimize their independence so they can enjoy good health and wellbeing within their home and community. The Program is intended to be supportive, not intrusive. It is not intended to provide 24/7 support, but rather to be specifically targeted as a complement to the ways a person can successfully manage on their own and/or with other resources and natural supports. People must be able to manage their basic living skills on their own or through other supports.

Support focuses on key areas such as:

  • Learning to budget and pay bills;
  • Improving cooking skills;
  • Learning how to maintain a home;
  • Creating a safe home and developing a plan for emergencies;
  • Finding and accessing medical and other healthcare supports;
  • Learning to use public transportation.

This service does not include medication administration, meal preparation, house cleaning, transportation, or pet management.

For more infomation on these services, contact Elke Tilgner, Director of Programs