5 Principles of Supported Living
A Home of One’s Own
- Individuals live in homes that they own, lease or rent like other members of their community.
- They choose where they live and with whom, and they control what happens in their home.
- Individuals are secure in their homes and do not have to move if their needs, their services or their service agency changes.
- Individuals are safe in their home and neighborhood.
Choice and Self-Directed
- An Individual makes his or her own everyday choices.
- Individuals plan for their futures.
- They direct the services they receive and have a choice of agencies and staff.
- Individuals are supported (e.g. technology, communication devices, behavioral support) to communicate their preferences, choices and needs.
- Individuals are satisfied with the services they receive.
- An individual has family, friends and neighbors who support him or her in regular ways or as paid help.
- The individual and his or her circle of support work together as a team with the supported living agency and others to share responsibility for his or her well-being.
- An Individual fully participates in the mainstream of community life.
- Individuals have opportunities to join clubs, groups, and churches.
- Individuals use local community resources and generic services.
Flexible, Tailored Services and Supports
- An Individual has a service plan, which is developed through a person-centered planning process.
- The plan reflects the support that the individual wants and needs.
- Services are provided in the person’s home and community at times when they are preferred.
- Services offer the individual opportunities to increase competence, confidence and quality of life.