Semi-Independent Living Service (SILS)

Training, supervision, assisting, monitoring and counseling are offered to enhance specialized individual support.

The intent of SILS is to provide more options to persons with disabilities for community based placement and integrated services. Persons with developmental disabilities should have the freedom to choose the most appropriate living environment and services to meet their needs.

SILS services include, but are not limited to, training in the following areas: meal planning and preparation, shopping, first aid training, money management and budgeting, telephone and other public utility usage, personal appearance and hygiene, apartment/home maintenance and upkeep, use of community resources, transportation skills and appropriate social behaviors.

Why SILS? Persons with disabilities want these services primarily because they are less restrictive and more normalized. They are less expensive than most services offered, and they allow for training that assists people with community integration.

Parents, providers, or persons with needs who want to live on their own to the best of their abilities can apply for SILS services. SILS can help persons with disabilities transition form home or facility living to semi-independent living, giving that person an opportunity as a adult to contribute to his or her community.

Many of the adults who receive these services, become independent of the service system. However, others will need ongoing follow-up services, such as support and supervision. Supervision is modified and individualized for each person, allowing for flexible programming. SILS contracts are designed so that charges are made only for services needed. Hours of service can be adjusted monthly. Individual programs are reviewed as needed.

 

Who is Eligible?

Any adult who has been or may be diagnosed as developmentally disabled or who is not eligible for any other community based training service.

 

Why is Training Necessary?

If adult with differing abilities are going to lead more meaningful lives, they must become participating members of the community in which they live. We can help develop and attain the social and other functional skills necessary for these individuals to be successful in leading more meaningful lives.

 

What Training is Available?

In order to help each adult attain his/her highest level of ability, individualized programs focus on the developmental skill areas of the following:

  1. Home living skills and apartment training, including housekeeping, shopping, menu and food preparation, and grooming.
  2. Community access skills, including communication, budgeting time and money management.
  3. Recreation and leisure time, including individual and group activities in the community and at home.
  4. Other services either adapted or modified to fit the need that has been identified as a specific service category which would enable the individual to reach optimum independence.