What is Supportive Living?
Adequate and suitable housing contributes to physical and mental well-being.
Supportive Living homes provide the advantages of living independently, combining affordable housing with organizational support services, to connect people struggling with chronic mental health issues, receive appropriate health care.
As stated in the Homeless Hub report, "Housing First in Canada," a harm reduction model of housing acknowledges the presence of the contributing factors to chronic homelessness while mitigating the risks that these factors present.
Supportive Living housing comes with the provision of individualized supports that are needed to break the cycle of hospitalization, homelessness, and incarceration.
When looking for a home for your client, there are many things to consider to ensure they live in a safe environment that provides for their basic needs and independence.
The Concept of Supportive Living
Supportive Living communities provide a higher degree of independence for the residents while helping to manage basic daily living activities such as bathing, taking medications, dressing, housekeeping or doing laundry. Balanced meals are provided as well as various recreational and social activities.
By personalizing services to meet the needs of the client, assisting in their daily living and encouraging independence, SupportiveLiving provides a solid base for a healthier and happy life.
Supportive Living houses take all aspects of support into consideration when housing individuals by offering a full continuum of care, such as medication management, social supports, and psychiatric services.
In the end, the goal is to keep clients as independent as possible, for as long as possible. The degree of help provided is in keeping with an individual’s abilities.
Our next blog will tackle the issue of when is the right time for an individual to consider SupportiveLiving for housing…
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Written by Vishal Chityal, Director, SupportiveLiving.ca