Putting a Plan Together for Independent Living

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 16:54
Setting her own pace

The Story

Though experiencing health issues that would ultimately require her to need more intensive care, including possible round-the-clock assistance, Angie wanted to maintain her independence and continue to live on her own without being reliant on a staff person constantly in her home.

Following conversations about her needs and wishes, a support and response plan was created with her team that not only made her feel supported, but maintained her desired level of independence as well.

The Outcome

Angie moved into her own apartment supported by CCRI’s Independent by Design program which helped to identify, implement, and monitor technology solutions to meet her medical and quality of life needs. Along with hourly staff services to assist with household tasks, technology supports provide monitoring and assistance for needs such as waking up on time and medication management.

Putting a plan together that considered Angie’s needs and desired living situation resulted in an overall improvement in her independence and reduced her reliance on assistance. She is healthier and continues to remain very active in the community—just the way she likes it.

Watch the video to learn how Angie and her team began the planning process:

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As people served were expressing a stronger desire to be more independent, Dungarvin staff thought through scenarios on how to navigate both the independence desire and how they would provide services in the future. Technology was their answer.

The thinking is changing around what “accessible” can mean and the role technology can play.

An exploration of technology support options began when a group of men with developmental disabilities expressed their desires for increased privacy and independence.