Semi Independant Living

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

HIGH ROAD's Residential Programs encourages maximum independence for the consumers living in the home of their choice or apartments, yet still needing some assistance with their daily living skills. . We offer a broad spectrum of supports that are designed to increase the consumers’ ability to be as independent as possible and enhance their community inclusion.

We recognize that the amount of support required is individually determined for each consumer receiving services. Some consumers may need services for only a few hours per week, while others may require daily training, support, and assistance. For the Residential, we ensure that the following care plans are developed considering the consumers’ abilities, their physical, social and emotional needs; and their cultural and spiritual preferences.

Plans are as follows

  • Health Care Plans
  • Oral Health Plans
  • Nutritional Care Plans
  • Consumer Outcomes Progress Plans (COPP)

We regularly assess the consumers’ residential living skills and then put together Consumer Outcome Progress Plans (COPP) to help develop those needs of deficiencies and accentuate their strengths.

Residential Skills Development component address

  • Budgeting
  • Meal Planning and Cooking
  • Personal Care
  • Housekeeping
  • Time Telling and Management
  • Social Skills
  • Safety and Emergency Skills
  • Communication
  • Recreation and Socialization
  • Behaviour Management
  • Other Living Skills as identified

Regular reporting and assessments of the skills development are ongoing and shared with the consumer and whoever they wish.

Physical Component – We help the consumers in creating a quality home like setting. Attention is paid to the location site, design and size. In order to allow the consumer to participate in community life, considerations is made to ensure that it is in close proximity to the community activity sites; however, the consumer desires supersede such designs.

Social Networking Component - Because of the developmental challenges of the individual can isolate and restrict their access to other people, we try to ensure that there is active policy and programming for promoting on-going social support. Our goal is to create environments where they can attend and participate in a variety of programs.

Programmatic Component - the aim is not to create an overwhelming therapeutic environment, but one where the consumer can live and learn. We address the content of the COPP and the teaching of interactions between the individuals and staff. This is the heart of the model. It creates a place where the person can learn how to live in a home like setting and gain essential skills. Many elements include staff skills, daily schedules, data systems and domestic living skills curriculum.

Cluster Living

Cluster living are self-contained units usually on at a single site (apartment building) but can also be dispersed across a neighborhood. The accommodations could also have shared facilities which can include a laundry and communal lounge. Support staff are generally on hand. The advantage to this type of living is that is provides more independence than group homes or care homes.

COPP—Consumer Outcomes Progress Plan

COPPs identify the consumer’s goals, strategies, person(s) responsible and review dates. We believe in being accountable for the many areas of support and training and will provide reports of progress to those who need to know.

Referral Process

All referrals are made through the Ministry for Children and Families Development. Contact your Social Worker to apply for our services.

Programs Lengths

Residential—Long term support in a community based home.

Semi-Independent Living—It is a significant goal of the program that over time we will be able to fade out the support services as independent skills become more apparent and developed until the consumer can live independently with the limited support. In a sense, we will be trying to work ourselves out of a job.

Staff Qualifications

All staff must meet the minimum requirement of Grade 12, with experience and/or post secondary education as an asset; valid first-aid and CPR certificate; cleared criminal record search; and TB tested.. The staff must be able to use appropriate judgment, initiative, ingenuity and common sense in deciding appropriate formal management of behaviour and program structure. We currently have over 81 years of collective Social Services experience within the Residential and Semi-Independent Living Programs.