Up to three individuals share a supported living home. Individuals have their own bedroom tailored for their needs and have a voice in choosing their housemates. They share living expenses such as rent, utilities, cable television, and groceries.
Our wide array of homes includes those specially designed for wheelchair access and adaptive equipment, individuals with hearing impairment, and individuals with visual impairment.
Supported Living services are provided in a home owned or leased by the individual. The amount and type of supports required for an individual to enjoy the benefits and accept the responsibilities associated with home ownership or individual lease arrangements varies depending on each service recipient’s unique abilities and needs. Specifically, Supported Living assistance provides an individual with individualized services and supports that enable the person to acquire, retain, or improve skills necessary to reside in his/her own home.
Compassionate Care provides the supports needed for an individual to live in his/her residence through staff who work in the individual’s own residence. Compassionate Care is responsible for providing the appropriate level of services and supports during the hours the individual is not receiving Day Services outside of his/her residence or is not at school or work. This service is provided around the clock and Compassionate Care can accommodate people with very severe behavioral or medical conditions.
Usually, one or two other housemates share the same residence. The state of Tennessee does provide funding for a one-person, staffed home. This living arrangement, generally, is only available for people who have behavioral or medical conditions that pose a serious and imminent danger of self-harm or harm to others and cannot be reasonably and adequately managed in a residence shared with other housemates.
The services Compassionate Care provides may include: bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, eating, meal preparation, household chores essential to the person’s health and safety, budget management, attending appointments and interpersonal and social skills building to enable the person to live successfully in a home in the community. Compassionate Care also provides oversight of the person’s health needs to include medication administration as permitted under Tennessee’s Nurse Practice Act and nursing services, if the individual requires this service. Transportation is also included as part of the Supported Living services.
All homes in which supported living is provided must pass a safety inspection conducted by the State of Tennessee Department of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities prior to the individual/individual’s guardian entering into a mortgage or lease agreement.