Do you run an organisation that supports people with disabilities and need to find a suitable supported living facility? There are many supported living service providers out there.
However, it can be hard to determine which ones will provide the best service for your clients and ensure they have a good quality of life. Here is a list of tips that you should follow when evaluating supported living facilities.
Supported living is all about comfort, so make no mistake about it! You need to choose supported living service providers that can provide your clients with a comfortable and safe environment. It’s vital to visit supported living facilities in person and take a tour of their premises.
You should meet with the managers and staff members, check out the facility’s amenities such as bedrooms, bathrooms, and how they are maintained (daily cleaning), and if there is enough space for your clients to move around freely.
What kind of training has the staff received? Do they have experience in supported living or disability management? Are their qualifications up to date, such as CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) certification and relevant certifications such as criminal background checks?
Supported living is not only about care and safety, it’s also all about allowing your clients to be as independent as possible, or at least it gives them the freedom to make their own decisions. You obviously wouldn’t want supported living service providers that impose rigid rules on your clients, like making them go to bed at a specific time or forcing them to eat their meals in the dining room.