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Supported Living Services: What Are They and How Do They Work?

Supported Living Services What Are They and How Do They Work Main

If you don’t want to live in a residential facility but are having trouble coping at home, supported living services for developmentally disabled may be able to help.

They’re a mix of appropriate housing – which can be your own house – and various sorts of personal care such as help with washing or cooking.

Some supported living residences are shared by two or three persons who have a common health issue, such as substance abuse or a specific disability. Staff normally come to the house to assist you with getting out of bed, going to college or work, and performing routine duties like shopping, housework, and repairs. They can also assist with personal care and administrative responsibilities.

These disability support services enable people to make meaningful decisions about their daily life, such as where and with whom they reside. 

Supported living services for developmentally disabled is designed to help people develop supportive relationships, gain full community membership, and work toward their long-term personal goals.

Because there are potentially life-long concerns, these disability support services are provided for as long and as often as needed, with the flexibility needed to meet a person’s changing requirements over time, and without regard to impairment level.


A supported living service agency typically works with the individual to help them build and maintain a safe, stable, and independent lifestyle. However, some people may be able to supervise their own way in order to achieve the highest level of personal freedom.

Supported living services for developmentally disabled offers a variety of services to meet a variety of support requirements, including:

  • Budgeting and Money Management
  • Nutrition
  • Safety
  • Work/Vocation 
  • Social/Emotional Recreational Component
  • Autonomy and the Ability to Live on Your Own
  • Medical and Health Needs
  • Hygiene
  • Lifelong learning
  • Training in Mobility

Supported Living Services allow people aged 18 and up to stay in their families’ homes or live independently in the community by supplementing natural and general community assistance with paid services.

This model is suitable for people who can live independently with minimal assistance or who, if they require more assistance, can acquire it from other sources, such as their family. Individual choice, involvement in typical community activities and functions, and maximizing independence are all key principles in SLS. 

More about Supported Living Services

During the process of assessment, you might discover more about supported living services.

Supported living services can be offered by the local government, charity, or for-profit businesses. If it appears that local supported living services might match your needs, social services will inform you.

If a supported living service is not right for you, you may still wish to consider personal care at home, wherever you reside, as well as additional assistance, such as domestic equipment or home adaptations.

Avocado Care is always on the go to help. For more information and questions about what we do and the other types of support services we provide, please get in touch with us anytime.

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