Independent and Supported Living Services

Serra Center provides Independent Living Services (ILS) and Supported Living Services (SLS) to more than 65 adult men and women living with developmental disabilities. These individuals live in traditional and accessible homes and apartments of their choice, located throughout Southern Alameda County. While both are community based programs, they differ in the frequency and level of support provided. Independent Living Services provides up to 40 hours per month of daily living skills training and support with the objective centering on the individual leading the most self-managed life possible in the least restrictive environment. The number of training hours and the areas of training are determined based on an individual’s assessed need and personal choice. It is expected that over time, an individual’s need for services may decrease, at which time on-going support is provided at a lesser frequency. Some examples of ILS training areas are: household maintenance, personal safety, money management, comparison shopping, nutrition and cooking.

Supported Living Services consist of a broad range of services, providing for a significantly high volume of support and training. Supported Living Services can include more intensive support, such as the use of adaptive equipment and personal attendant care. These services help individuals work toward their long-range personal goals, as well as exercise meaningful choice and control in their daily lives. Services are designed around and the needs and desires of each individual. Some examples of SLS support are: selecting and moving into a home, choosing personal attendants and housemates, personal care, common daily activities and emergencies, participating in community life and money management.

Supported Living Services are offered for as long and as often as needed, with the flexibility to meet an individual’s changing needs over time, and without regard to the level of disability. Supported Living Services work with the individual to establish and maintain maximum control over the services they receive, within a safe and stable environment of their choice.

In both Independent and Supported Living Services the individual being served takes part in the interviewing and selection process of their support staff. All program participants are active and productive members of society through the vocational, educational or volunteer placement of their choice. Serra Center maintains a 24 hour emergency assistance system which all program participants are trained to access in the event a special need arises.

Learning cooking skills

Learning financial skills

Timothy at work