The focus of our supported living services is for those with learning disabilities, mental health issues, challenging behaviour and autism. However, at EJ Care, we offer a range of services to those with different conditions. With our supported living services, our aim is to assist individuals with regaining their autonomy while living in a stress-free environment where they feel at home.
Supported living has the ability to improve people’s quality of life when the correct support is implemented. To ensure that we are providing the necessary services, we first need to outline what supported living does not cover, and then we explain how our services cover all of the required bases.
It is critical that we begin by discussing the term “supported living”. Supported Living means our service users live in their own accommodation which they fund for themselves or is covered by their benefits.
Our supported living service doesn’t provide clients with accommodation which is typical of any supported living service. This is to ensure that the individuals retain their autonomy in their own environment and receive care as required.
We don’t provide financial assistance in the form of things like food, drink or various other activities. This is because it aids in maintaining the individual’s sense of autonomy which if lost, can be difficult to regain. If assistance is required with transport or special equipment, this can be arranged. In this case, please contact us to learn more about the financial assistance of our supported living services.
It is crucial that our service users maintain their autonomy, therefore the focus of our care is to provide them with the necessary support so they can lead their own life. Our support staff help with daily tasks that those we care for need help with, ensuring that we only assist with these tasks so they retain their autonomy and can still carry out some tasks on their own.
This provides the best opportunity for progress to be made and can easily be monitored. The aim is for them to eventually complete these tasks on their own with less help than before, while developing a bond with their carer.
Our support staff are able to assist with tasks such as shopping with our supported living plans, this may assist in putting the service user’s mind at ease as some seemingly small and easy tasks can be stressful to those with autism and mental health issues.
Our support staff can also help with tasks like taking medication as this is an extremely essential daily responsibility, however it can be stressful for the individual if they have to do it on their own. We can also assist with tasks like managing budgets and bills and even assist with their work. We know that work is a meaningful aspect in improving the quality of life of our service users as it ensures they have a sense of freedom, independence and accomplishment.
An important aspect of supported living is assistance with developing a new skill which facilitates increased independence. New skills could include new strategies of taking care of themselves at home, or more advanced skills that may be particularly challenging for the individual and therefore tend to induce stress if attempted on their own.
The aim of our support staff is to strive to reduce the number of hours that the individual requires care for by encouraging their independence and to develop their skills in navigating challenges on their own.
With our supported living services, our support staff develop relationships with those they care for which results in them maintaining communication for many years. It is important to note that this doesn’t mean that no improvements have been made as a key benefit of this service is that those who need support receive it well. This makes caring easier and highly rewarding for our staff.
Our supported living service has assisted hundreds of individuals to regain their independence, and we are continuously growing the number of people we care for. Please contact us to learn more about our services and to discuss a care plan that would suit either yourself or a loved one.