Independent Living Services

Independent Living Services

Independent Living Services (ILS): This service is available to provide direct instruction to an individual to learn how to live, work, participate and connect to their local communities. Instruction and directions may include daily living activities such as maintaining a house, improving personal hygiene, healthy meal planning and preparation and clean up, creating a schedule, and making and going to doctor and dentist appointments.

As of January 1, 2015, the CA State Law has changed about how Independent Living Services (ILS) can be provided. These services are no longer limited to Individuals that are living independently or will be moving into an independent place.

Now the services can be provided to “an adult consumer” consistent with his or her IPP and provide the consumer with functional skills training that enable him or her to acquire or maintain skills to live independently in his or her own home, or to achieve greater independence while living in the home of a parent, family member, or other person.” (W&I Code 4688.05 Sec. 3)

Let your Regional Center Service Coordinator know about this change and how it can benefit you and your family!

How does this all happen?

It starts with Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS) employees learning about an individual and their hopes, dreams, desires as well as any needs for assistance and support. This is the discovery process. Family members, friends, co-workers and other important stakeholders provide their insight and reflections. This discovery process allows us to develop an Individual Support Plan, which is our “agreement” with the person and his/her family on developing a personalized action plan.

Each individual receiving services from Jay Nolan Community Services Independent Living works with a Circle of Support comprised of the person being supported, family, friends, associates, allies, and other community members the individual chooses. The circle of support uses a holistic approach to develop a person-centered plan that helps the individual achieve their dreams.

Decisions made by the individual as well as the circle members include deciding which support staff to hire or terminate, what individualized day-to-day support is appropriate for the individual, what back-up and emergency support is needed, and many other decisions, which comprise the individual support plan. This model maintains the individual’s control over his/her life. The circle of support meets every four to six weeks depending on the person’s choice. The circle meetings are facilitated by the individual or a circle member of their choice.

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