Community Housing and Supported Living
Bridgeway’s Community Housing Services assist the consumer to maintain an independent, satisfying life in the community. The services strive to impart a comprehensive set of life skills to the consumer: daily independent living skills, interpersonal and communication skills, coping and social skills and skills in the use of community resources. It is a core belief that consumers can and will improve their lives with the help of a supportive environment combined with direct teaching of relevant skills.
Every setting in the Community Housing program provides a variety of opportunities for learning and growth including participation in house/apartment routines, participation in off-site programs such as community support services, community integration and recovery services, treatment services, recreational and leisure opportunities, vocational services and on-site services provided through Community Support Specialists and Community Living Coaches. Bridgeway offers an array or supported and supervised Community Housing settings.
Group homes provide opportunities for people with disabilities to increase their independence. Supervision is provided 24 hours /day. For persons with mental illness, group homes provide a more intensive level of supervision and supportive services as compared to apartment living. The group homes for persons with developmental disabilities are referred to as CILAs (Community-Integrated Living Arrangements). Dedicated and well trained staff assist and support residents as they develop and enhance daily living skills such as cooking, shopping, housekeeping, and money management. Other important life skills needed to help them live more independently are also areas of focus such as medication training and self-management of their mental illness or developmental disability. Residents have their own bedroom and share common areas - the kitchen, dining area, bathrooms, and living room. The group homes serve both persons with psychiatric and developmental disabilities and are located in residential neighborhoods throughout the communities of Galesburg, Macomb, Kewanee and Pekin.
Supervised apartment living also provides a high level of supervision with staff being on site 24 hours/day. Services are delivered to individuals according to their specific needs. Individual and group interventions are designed to improve/develop daily living skills, interpersonal skills and behavior management skills and to enable consumers to manage their symptoms and regain and maintain lost functioning due to their disability. Specific services provided in supervised apartment settings include: case coordination; medication monitoring and training; supportive counseling; skills training and education; and recreational, problem solving and interpersonal skills development.
Supported Living and Home Based Support Services provide intermittent onsite support services throughout the day and evening hours. Trained staff are available to provide community support services, daily living and life skills training, medication monitoring and training, and community integration activities. Supported Living Services may be provided in Bridgeway owned apartments or in the consumer’s own home.
For more information about these services, select one of our locations below for contact information.