Intensive Support • First Decisions • Goal 2:

Develop Life Skills

Action step 1.

Identify daily life skills you need for your preferred living situation.

Moving into a supportive housing environment where assistance is constantly available can give you the freedom to enjoy and even manage aspects of your day and your daily routine.

Living away from family or previous caregivers, you will want to plan for your new routine, including the times when people will give supports and services, and any tasks that you want to manage alone. For example, while support for personal care will be available, you may be able to manage that alone.

Everyone is different: What you can do will differ from anyone else, and your support team’s role is to explore with you what help you do and don’t need.

Resources

Action step 2.

Develop routines for daily living.

Based on that exercise, the staff in your supportive living environment can work with you to create a schedule of your day-to-day activities, including when another person works with you to give help or guidance and when you complete a task or routine independently. Staff can assist in developing a written list or timetable, if this helps you to know what to expect each day or to manage changes in routine when they happen.

Your support network can help answer questions and review the schedule and tasks with you to practice. They can also help you have a plan for times when expected or unexpected changes happen to your schedule.

Resources

You’ve reached the end of the action steps for this support level and age group.

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