Up to three individuals share a supported living home. Individuals have their own bedroom tailored for their needs and have a voice in choosing their housemates. They share living expenses such as rent, utilities, cable television, and groceries.
Our wide array of homes includes those specially designed for wheelchair access and adaptive equipment, individuals with hearing impairment, and individuals with visual impairment.
Supported Living services are provided in a home owned or leased by the individual. The amount and type of supports required for an individual to enjoy the benefits and accept the responsibilities associated with home ownership or individual lease arrangements varies depending on each service recipient’s unique abilities and needs. Specifically, Supported Living assistance provides an individual with individualized services and supports that enable the person to acquire, retain, or improve skills necessary to reside in his/her own home.
Compassionate Care provides the supports needed for an individual to live in his/her residence through staff who work in the individual’s own residence. Compassionate Care is responsible for providing the appropriate level of services and supports during the hours the individual is not receiving Day Services outside of his/her residence or is not at school or work. This service is provided around the clock and Compassionate Care can accommodate people with very severe behavioral or medical conditions.
Usually, one or two other housemates share the same residence. The state of Tennessee does provide funding for a one-person, staffed home. This living arrangement, generally, is only available for people who have behavioral or medical conditions that pose a serious and imminent danger of self-harm or harm to others and cannot be reasonably and adequately managed in a residence shared with other housemates.
The services Compassionate Care provides may include: bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, eating, meal preparation, household chores essential to the person’s health and safety, budget management, attending appointments and interpersonal and social skills building to enable the person to live successfully in a home in the community. Compassionate Care also provides oversight of the person’s health needs to include medication administration as permitted under Tennessee’s Nurse Practice Act and nursing services, if the individual requires this service. Transportation is also included as part of the Supported Living services.
All homes in which supported living is provided must pass a safety inspection conducted by the State of Tennessee Department of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities prior to the individual/individual’s guardian entering into a mortgage or lease agreement.
Compassionate Care provides day services outside of the individual’s residence designed to help people be a true part of their communities. These are activities like finding work or joining clubs, and meaningful experiences directed at assisting an individual to experience being part of the community. These activities are designed to support an individual’s goals, which address both the needs an individual may have and their personal preferences.
Compassionate Care provides behavioral assessment and behavioral support services directly to an individual to assist the individual in reducing behavior that may not be appropriate for living in a community and replacing it with a more positive model. Behavior support helps people learn new ways of showing how they feel. It also teaches others around them to learn new ways of responding in order to encourage appropriate behavior and discourage inappropriate behavior.
Becoming a fully-integrated member of a community is often achieved by participating in some type of meaningful work. Supported employment is a way to move people from dependence on a service delivery system to independence via competitive employment. Recent studies indicate the provision of ongoing support services for people with severe disabilities significantly increases their rates of employment retention. Supported employment provides training and assistance in a variety of activities to support an individual in obtaining and retaining paid employment. Supported employment provides the level of assistance needed; it is tailored to each person to ensure success in the work environment over time.
Supported Employment supports offered include:
- Assistance with interviewing and obtaining a job
- Building appropriate social skills
- Acquiring work clothing
- Managing money
Sometimes the best environment for individuals needing support is in their own home or with family. Compassionate Care provides hourly support to help individuals live as independently as possible in their own home environment. The time spent providing services each week is based on the needs of the individual and their family.
- Transportation to work, appointments and other activities
- Dressing and personal hygiene
- Meal preparation and eating
- Medication administration (as permitted)
- Community activities and outings
- Respite Care
In addition, Compassionate Care provides Respite Care which allows primary caregivers a break from their normal care-giving duties.
Designed to allow families to take a break from the daily care giving of their loved one. Respite is considered temporary, short-term assistance. Research has shown when respite or short-term care for an individual with intellectual or other impairments is provided by persons other than their usual caregivers, the individual is able to stay in their home longer, without the need for placement in some type of residential program. Respite care allows a family to take a break from care giving to attend to other needs, travel, or care for another family member who is ill.
Since families do not have the same needs, Compassionate Care’s respite support is always geared to the requirements of each family. In those instances where family needs do not match with existing services, supports will be developed to give the family access to the type of care it requires.
Our programs are licensed and funded through the Tennessee Department of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DIDD).
Contact us to learn more about our services, or to arrange for a meet and greet.
Compassionate Care Home Health
900 East Woodland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917