Living independently can be one of life’s greatest achievements. Like many of us—who have our own networks of support—individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities may need a helping hand to reach their goals. California MENTOR’s Supported Living program assists individuals in living independently and provides opportunities to help them shape the direction of their lives. Individuals can choose to live on their own or with a roommate and learn how to make everyday decisions, such as what to cook for dinner or how to manage money.
We encourage individuals to do as much for themselves as possible, with the knowledge that our staff is there to support them whenever the need arises. Our Supported Living services build on each person’s strengths and help them become increasingly independent. We offer hourly support based on each person’s needs in areas including:
- Access to transportation
- Managing money
- Getting involved in the community
- Maintaining health and wellness
- Scheduling appointments
Promoting Independence and Choice
The ability to choose our friends, where we live, and what we like to do for fun is what makes our lives unique. With our Supported Living Services, we strive to help individuals succeed in an environment that they create. We tailor our services to meet the needs and interests of each person and focus on helping them make important everyday decisions.
In addition to personal growth at home, we want individuals to be comfortable in the community. We offer support to help them make friends, spend time with family members, and participate in community events, such as:
- Dance classes
- Fishing trips
- Casino trips
Ongoing Support for Independence
Our caring staff is committed to helping each person live more independently. We provide hourly support based on each person’s needs, and ongoing encouragement to help individuals be successful living on their own.
We also have registered nurses on call 24 hours a day in the event that medical emergencies arise—providing individuals with complex medical needs a safety net while experiencing life in their own home or apartment.
Referral Process for Supported Living
Individuals are referred to Supported Living services by their local Regional Center. Contact the nearest California MENTOR office if you, a friend, or a family member wants to live more independently with help from California MENTOR’s Supported Living Services.