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Community living is more than an apartment or home in a neighborhood; it is a path toward independence and interdependence. At Las Trampas, staff are committed to providing the necessary supports and training in the areas of activities of daily living, budgeting, locating resources, staying healthy and safe, and achieving personal goals. As individuals become more adept at making decisions about their lives, a network of relationships and resources develop to protect their futures.
As one of the original pilot programs funded through Community Supported Living Arrangements (CSLA), Las Trampas has provided SLS since 1990. Each individual has a personal Facilitator who works with the individual and staff to ensure that the five core beliefs…a home of one’s own, choice and self-direction, developing relationships, community membership and participation, and flexible and tailored services… are supported to ensure the individual’s success in community living. Of key importance to an individual’s success is to help individuals to develop a circle of support consisting of friends, relatives, neighbors, community members, and any other persons to help them to reach their personal goals and ensure personal choices are respected.
These services are designed for individuals who are able to live in the community on their own with minimal supports. Unlike Supported Living Services where supports are provided to the individuals served, the emphasis in this program is to provide necessary training to increase independent living skills with the goal of decreasing reliance on structured supports. Rather than completing tasks for individuals, they are provided with the tools and training to complete these tasks and responsibilities independently. Core training areas include, but are not limited to: money management; cooking, meal preparation and menu planning; nutrition; grocery and personal training; personal health, including accessing medical services and medication management; mobility and transportation training; self-advocacy; household management and cleaning; accessing community resources; developing independent social recreation opportunities; and other training as required to increase independent living skills.