Moderate Support • Life Changes • Goal 2:

Adapt Life Skills

Action step 1.

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

Any time you move into a new living environment, you should expect your daily living routines to change as well. Factors such as the location or layout of your new home or the schedule and availability of services can play a role.

Planning for your new routines, including a change in services staff and the times when people giving supports are available, can make the transition and adaptation to your new living situation less stressful or confusing. You can ask a trusted person or your current support network to help you identify the changes ahead and even make a plan for managing stress or confusion during the transition.

Resources

Action step 2.

Adapt routines for daily living.

Based on that exercise, you can create a schedule of your day-to-day activities and occasional essential tasks too, including those when another person works with you to give help or guidance. Consider developing a written list or timetable, if this helps you to know what to expect each day. If you have an old schedule you used to use in your previous home, it might help you manage new changes by comparing it with the new one you have created.

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 and for managing stress or confusion as you adjust to your new home.

Resources

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

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