Transition to Community
Transitional living programs offer individuals the opportunity to practice skills and prepare for future independence. These programs also enable families and service providers to assess an individual’s routines and activities to determine what natural supports need to be in place for community living.
Who do we consider?
- Individuals transitioning from youth to adulthood who prioritize living on their own
- Individuals who have never lived outside the family home, whose parents are aging
- Individuals who are transitioning away from large, congregate care settings with direct care staff and who prioritize moving into a more independent setting
What will we achieve?
- Enable “dignity of risk,” creating opportunities for individuals to learn, make mistakes, and succeed in a supported environment
- Incorporate technology as another resource in the continuum of care, so that more individuals can access community supported living options
- Provide peace of mind without 24/7 staff, by pairing technology with caregiver support
- Promoting proactive rather than reactive caregiver and staff responses
What technology do we use?
- A SimplyHome System (if alerts or custom prompts are desired)
- Environmental Controls (touch, switch, or voice controls to manage the home environment)
- Medication Dispensers (for medication adherence)
- Telehealth Tools (for managing or monitoring chronic health conditions)
- Personal Emergency Response System (to obtain caregiver or emergency assistance)
What rules can alert staff, family members or the individuals themselves?
The remote support system can prompt individuals to become more independent with taking medication, meal preparation, and daily routines such as personal hygiene and chores.
Alerts can be generated when:
- Daily routines such as cooking, going to work, completing chores, etc., are not being completed
- There are behavioral concerns such as elopement, wandering, compulsive eating patterns, or difficulties with personal hygiene
Using technology, individuals in transitional living settings gradually gain independent living skills and need less intensive, less continuous staff support.
Transition to Home: Laura and Vicki's Story
One of our providers designed the Jones Street Transition Home to prepare individuals to move into supported community living settings. For 8-10 months at a time, three women live in Jones Street and learn the skills they will need to move out on their own. With the use of smart sensor technology and medication dispensers, the individuals gradually learn the next steps to independence, such as cooking their own meals, taking medication, and learning safety skills.
During this time, staffing patterns also change based on an increased level of independence. As time passes, staff gradually spend less time there, relying on sensor-based technology to be the primary natural support. When the residents complete the program and move into their own homes, the same technology supports become part of their natural support system. Watch Laura and Vicki’s Story.