Jay Nolan Community Services

Independent Living

A holistic approach to develop a person-centered plan that helps the individual achieve their dreams.
Jay Nolan Community Services

Independent Living Services (ILS)

The Independent Living Services (ILS) program at Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS) is designed to actively teach adults that are currently living in or will be moving out into their own homes, or need to become more independent while living in the family home. Direct instruction may include daily living activities such as maintaining a house and going to medical appointments. Support and training may also assist the person to volunteer, access public transit and to access generic resources in the community. The ultimate goal is to provide individuals with the tools and resources to live and work independently in their local communities.

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How does this all happen?

It starts with 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 JNCS 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 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.

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.

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The Independent Living Services (ILS) program at Jay Nolan Community Services (JNCS) is designed to actively teach adults that are currently living in or will be moving out into their own homes, or need to become more independent while living in the family home.