Transitions in life can be difficult for all of us. Think about the last time you switched jobs or moved to a new community. How did you feel and how did you cope?
The individuals that need our support have similar feelings. Imagine how they might feel when moving to a new home if they don’t have information about who lives in the home or the services in the community. Preparing for transitions is extremely important.
standard: When an individual moves into her or his new home, there is careful preparation to provide continuity for the individual and to ensure the home sharing providers and assistants are aware of each individual’s needs.
rationale: Making a change to a living situation may create significant stress. This transition can be successful if each person is prepared before the change, and if efforts are made to provide as much continuity as possible in the experiences of individuals.
Many people may be involved in the transition planning process including the individual, CLBC analyst, family members, home sharing providers, and others in the individual’s support network.
The following are examples of promising practices:
- The individual initiates or is involved in the decision to move, the planning process, and the choice of a home or program.
- Transition planning is not only about changing homes. Any significant changes in an individual’s life should undergo transition planning. (For example, a change in community inclusion program should be planned.)
- The transition plan reflects the wishes of the individuals and whomever else they wish to involve. The plan ensures each individual’s needs are met and the plan has a specific timeline.
- The transition plan identifies that relevant documentation will be provided to CLBC, the individuals, and their personal network.